- 1The highest point reached by a celestial or other object: the sun was well past the zenith the missile reached its zenith and fellMore example sentences
- The whole affair was a very easygoing business; people kept eating and drinking, and, when the sun reached the zenith, they fell into a snooze where they sat.
- The two-hour delay in starting that morning began to take on increasing significance as the sun reached its zenith without disclosing Petersburg on the horizon.
- Once the sun reached its zenith, it was too hot to even move, let alone travel.
- 1.1The point in the sky or celestial sphere directly above an observer. The opposite of nadir.More example sentences
- These objects reversed direction several times but maintained position in the sky more or less at the zenith.
- The center of the map is the zenith, the point in the sky directly overhead.
- The method needs data collected from two satellites, one close to zenith and the other in the direction of horizon.
- 1.2The time at which something is most powerful or successful: under Justinian, the Byzantine Empire reached its zenith of influenceMore example sentences
- The conflict's roots date back to the zenith of the British raj.
- You realize that this moment represents the zenith of your success.
- They were also sceptical about the World Council of Churches, then at its zenith of influence, and they began to preach God's free grace from their pulpits.
late Middle English: from Old French or medieval Latin cenit, based on Arabic samt (ar-ra's) 'path (over the head)'.