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crest, 2
1. A finial.
2. An ornament of a roof, a roof screen, wall, or aedicula, generally rhythmic and highly decorative, and frequently perforated; cresting.
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He never took his eyes from the god, thrusting his head forward with ears flattened back and hair involuntarily rising and cresting on his neck.
Three mornings they put out and fought it and the cresting seas it drove that turned to ice as they fell in- board.
The tide flowed and ebbed; the sun rose and set; regularly each afternoon the brave west wind came romping in through the Golden Gate, darkening the water, cresting tiny wavelets, making the sailboats fly.