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peak

1. the pointed summit of a mountain
2. a mountain with a pointed summit
3. 
a. a sharp increase in a physical quantity followed by a sharp decrease
b. the maximum value of this quantity
c. (as modifier): peak voltage
4. Nautical
a. the extreme forward (forepeak) or aft (afterpeak) part of the hull
b. (of a fore-and-aft quadrilateral sail) the after uppermost corner
c. the after end of a gaff

peak

[pēk]
(geology)
The conical or pointed top of a hill or mountain.
An individual mountain or hill taken as a whole, used especially when it is isolated or has a pointed, conspicuous summit.
(meteorology)
The point of intersection of the cold and warm fronts of a mature extra-tropical cyclone.
(science and technology)
The maximum instantaneous value of a quantity.
References in classic literature ?
It is thought by some that, after death, they will have to travel to these mountains and ascend one of their highest and most rugged peaks, among rocks and snows and tumbling torrents.
Day was already breaking in the east, and the summits of the great peaks had turned rosy red, while the valleys still lay in the shadow, when they found themselves with the cliffs on either hand and the long, rugged pass stretching away before them.
With him rode the King of Majorca, the hostage King of Navarre, and the fierce Don Pedro of Spain, whose pale blue eyes gleamed with a sinister light as they rested once more upon the distant peaks of the land which had disowned him.
Gabriel returned no answer, but looked on in silence while Peak
I could have done no more if I had known of our relationship; and there are a great many fathers who have never done as much for THEIR natural children.--The hairdresser may come in, Peak!'
The ranges of mountain peaks which Captain Bonneville speaks of, as rising from its bosom, are probably the summits of mountains beyond it, which may be visible at a vast distance, when viewed from an eminence, in the transparent atmosphere of these lofty regions.
Standing at the mast-head of my ship during a sunrise that crimsoned sky and sea, I once saw a large herd of whales in the east, all heading towards the sun, and for a moment vibrating in concert with peaked flukes.
Toward sunset we entered a beautiful green valley dotted with chalets, a cozy little domain hidden away from the busy world in a cloistered nook among giant precipices topped with snowy peaks that seemed to float like islands above the curling surf of the sea of vapor that severed them from the lower world.
The above discussion leads to the need for a nonparametric way of background estimation together with the peak extraction mechanism which can be suited for high-energy collision distributions, such as invariant masses.
The lowering of the Knight's Peak on the Isle of Skye came after hillwalkers John Barnard, Graham Jackson and Myrddyn Phillips surveyed the scary summit, which is so small, climbers are advised not to stand on it.
were 20.4 percent below their April 2006 peak. The state most below its mid-2000s peak is Nevada -- it's 43.9 percent below its May 2006 peak, and that's not including distressed properties.
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