Definition of zenith in English:

zenith

Syllabification: ze·nith
Pronunciation: /ˈzēnəTH/

noun

[in singular]
1The highest point reached by a celestial or other object: the sun was well past the zenith the missile reached its zenith and fell
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  • 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.
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  • 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 influence
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  • 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.
Synonyms
highest point, high point, crowning point, height, top, acme, peak, pinnacle, apex, apogee, crown, crest, summit, climax, culmination, prime, meridian

Origin

late Middle English: from Old French or medieval Latin cenit, based on Arabic samt (ar-ra's) 'path (over the head)'.

Derivatives

zenithal

Pronunciation: /-nəTHəl/
adjective

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