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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PEAK

At length, when we were nearly under the peak, he began to ascend.

Wotan walked around the peak, drawing a line with his spear.

And however high a peak you climb, the plain is still as high as the peak.

They seem to involve the bore of a climb without the pleasure of a peak.

"I will ask one of the engine-drivers, my lady," he answered, with his hand at the peak of his cap.

In the morning some peak in the blue distance would be noted as a landmark.

A sudden shift of the rudder shook the Vulcan from peak to keelson.

A lake which could be seen from the top of the peak had the appearance of being frozen.

A mainsail carried by a gaff has two halyards, the throat and peak.

No need to-night to watch for the postman's peak, no need to trace his toes.

WORD ORIGIN

"pointed top," 1520s, variant of pike (n.4) "sharp point." Meaning "top of a mountain" first recorded 1630s, though pike was used in this sense c.1400. Figurative sense is 1784. Meaning "point formed by hair on the forehead" is from 1833. According to OED, The Peak in Derbyshire is older than the word for "mountaintop;" e.g. Old English Peaclond, for the district, Pecsaetan, for the people who settled there, Peaces ærs for Peak Cavern; sometimes said to be a reference to an elf-denizen Peac "Puck."

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