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sum·mit

 (sŭm′ĭt)
n.
1. The highest point or part; the top.
2. The highest level or degree that can be attained.
3.
a. The highest level, as of government officials.
b. A conference or meeting of high-level leaders, usually called to shape a program of action.
v. sum·mit·ed, sum·mit·ing, sum·mits
v.tr.
To climb to the summit of (a mountain).
v.intr.
To climb to the summit.

[Middle English somet, from Old French sommette, diminutive of som, top, from Latin summum, from neuter of summus, highest; see uper in Indo-European roots.]
Synonyms: summit, peak1, pinnacle, acme, apex, zenith, climax
These nouns all mean the highest point. Summit denotes the highest level attainable: "His six years with the canal company marked the summit of his career as a company man" (Simon Winchester).
Peak usually refers to the uppermost or most intense point: "It was the peak of summer in the Berkshires" (Saul Bellow).
Pinnacle denotes a towering height, as of achievement: The articulation of the theory of relativity catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of his profession. Acme refers to an ultimate point, as of perfection: The artist's talents were at their acme when this work was created. Apex is the culminating point: The movie begins with the dictator at the apex of his power. Zenith is the point of highest achievement, most complete development, or greatest power: "Chivalry was then in its zenith" (Henry Hallam).
Climax refers to the point of greatest strength, effect, or intensity that marks the endpoint of an ascending process: The government's collapse was the climax of a series of constitutional crises.

summit

(ˈsʌmɪt)
n
1. (Physical Geography) the highest point or part, esp of a mountain or line of communication; top
2. the highest possible degree or state; peak or climax: the summit of ambition.
3. the highest level, importance, or rank: a meeting at the summit.
4. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. a meeting of chiefs of governments or other high officials
b. (as modifier): a summit conference.
[C15: from Old French somet, diminutive of som, from Latin summum; see sum1]
ˈsummital adj
ˈsummitless adj

sum•mit

(ˈsʌm ɪt)

n.
1. the highest point or part, as of a hill; top; apex.
2. the highest point of attainment: the summit of one's ambition.
3. the highest state or degree; acme; zenith.
4. the highest level of diplomatic or other government officials: negotiations at the summit.
5. a conference between heads of state or other top-level government officials.
v.t.
6. to reach the summit of.
v.i.
7. to reach a summit: summited after a 14-hour climb.
[1425–75; late Middle English somete < Old French, =som top (< Latin summum, n. use of neuter of summus highest; see sum) + -ete -et]
sum′mit•al, adj.

summit

  • colophon - A crowning or finishing touch, from Greek kolophon, "summit" or "finishing stroke."
  • knoll - The summit or rounded top of a mountain or hill, it seems to derive from Old Teutonic knoo-lo, meaning "ball, clod, knot."
  • acrobat - Derived from Greek akrobatos, "walking on tiptoe," from Greek akron, "summit," and baino, "walk."
  • knap - The crest or summit of a hill.

summit

The highest altitude above mean sea level that a projectile reaches in its flight from the gun to the target; the algebraic sum of the maximum ordinate and the altitude of the gun.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.summit - the highest level or degree attainablesummit - the highest level or degree attainable; the highest stage of development; "his landscapes were deemed the acme of beauty"; "the artist's gifts are at their acme"; "at the height of her career"; "the peak of perfection"; "summer was at its peak"; "...catapulted Einstein to the pinnacle of fame"; "the summit of his ambition"; "so many highest superlatives achieved by man"; "at the top of his profession"
degree, stage, level, point - a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?"
2.summit - the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill)summit - the top or extreme point of something (usually a mountain or hill); "the view from the peak was magnificent"; "they clambered to the tip of Monadnock"; "the region is a few molecules wide at the summit"
hilltop, brow - the peak of a hill; "the sun set behind the brow of distant hills"
pinnacle - a lofty peak
place, spot, topographic point - a point located with respect to surface features of some region; "this is a nice place for a picnic"; "a bright spot on a planet"
mountain peak - the summit of a mountain
3.summit - a meeting of heads of governmentssummit - a meeting of heads of governments  
group meeting, meeting - a formally arranged gathering; "next year the meeting will be in Chicago"; "the meeting elected a chairperson"
Verb1.summit - reach the summit (of a mountain); "They breasted the mountain"; "Many mountaineers go up Mt. Everest but not all summit"
arrive at, reach, attain, gain, hit, make - reach a destination, either real or abstract; "We hit Detroit by noon"; "The water reached the doorstep"; "We barely made it to the finish line"; "I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts"

summit

noun
1. meeting, talks, conference, discussion, negotiation, dialogue a NATO summit held in Rome
2. peak, top, tip, pinnacle, apex, head, crown, crest the first man to reach the summit of Mount Everest
peak base, foot, bottom
3. height, pinnacle, culmination, peak, high point, zenith, acme, crowning point This is just a molehill on the way to the summit of her ambitions.
height depths, nadir, lowest point

summit

noun
1. The highest point:
2. The highest point or state:
Informal: payoff.
Medicine: fastigium.
Translations
قِمَّهللقِمَّهمُؤْتَـمَرُ القِمَّة
vrcholvrcholnýsummit
topmødetop
huippuhuippukokousvuorenhuippu
sastanak na vrhu
csúcscsúcstalálkozó
hátindur, toppurtoppfundur
頂上
정상
viršūnių
virsotnevirsotņu-
vrcholný
vrh
topp
ยอดสุดของภูเขา
hội nghị thượng đỉnh

summit

[ˈsʌmɪt]
A. N
1. [of mountain] → cima f, cumbre f
did anyone reach the summit?¿alcanzó alguien la cima or la cumbre?
2. (fig) → cima f, cumbre f
a man at the summit of his careerun hombre en la cima or la cumbre de su trayectoria profesional
3. (Pol) (also summit conference) → cumbre f, conferencia f al más alto nivel
B. CPD summit conference Ncumbre f, conferencia f al más alto nivel
summit meeting Ncumbre f

summit

[ˈsʌmɪt] n
[mountain] → sommet m
(= conference) → sommet msummit conference nconférence f au sommet

summit

n (lit)Gipfel m; (fig also)Höhepunkt m; to reach the summit (lit, fig)den Gipfel or Höhepunkt erreichen; (= summit conference)Gipfelkonferenz f, → Gipfel m
adj attr (Pol) → Gipfel-; at summit levelauf Gipfelebene

summit

[ˈsʌmɪt] ncima, vetta, sommità f inv (fig) → culmine m (Pol) → vertice m, summit m inv

summit

(ˈsamit) noun
the highest point. They reached the summit of the mountain at midday; At the age of thirty he was at the summit of his powers as a composer.
adjective
(of a conference etc) at the highest level of international negotiation, at which heads of state meet for discussion.

summit

مُؤْتَـمَرُ القِمَّة summit topmøde Gipfel βουνοκορφή cumbre huippu sommet sastanak na vrhu vertice 頂上 정상 top fjelltopp szczyt cimeira вершина topp ยอดสุดของภูเขา zirve hội nghị thượng đỉnh 高峰会议
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When the summit was gained, they found themselves on a level spot, but thinly covered with trees, under one of which Magua had thrown his dark form, as if willing and ready to seek that rest which was so much needed by the whole party.
I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and, looking round with astonishing delight, beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below.
Six hours later, when the shadow of Devil's Spur had crossed the river, and spread a slight coolness over the flat beyond, the Pioneer coach, leaving the summit, began also to bathe its heated bulk in the long shadows of the descent.
A very aged woman, recently dead, had often used the metaphorical expression, in her fireside talk, that miles and miles of the Pyncheon lands had been shovelled into Maule's grave; which, by the bye, was but a very shallow nook, between two rocks, near the summit of Gallows Hill.
Young as she was, I was struck, throughout our little tour, with her confidence and courage with the way, in empty chambers and dull corridors, on crooked staircases that made me pause and even on the summit of an old machicolated square tower that made me dizzy, her morning music, her disposition to tell me so many more things than she asked, rang out and led me on.
In Saint Stylites, the famous Christian hermit of old times, who built him a lofty stone pillar in the desert and spent the whole latter portion of his life on its summit, hoisting his food from the ground with a tackle; in him we have a remarkable instance of a dauntless stander-of-mast-heads; who was not to be driven from his place by fogs or frosts, rain, hail, or sleet; but valiantly facing everything out to the last, literally died at his post.
In the present instance, too, this dignity is heightened by the pepper and salt color of his head at the summit, giving token of advanced age and large experience.
Yes, and handsome, after a rude fashion, and clothed with ivy from base to summit, as with a shirt of scale mail.
The air is cool and it darkens, And calmly flows the Rhine; The summit of the mountain hearkens In evening sunshine line.
The hamlet's front was washed by the clear waters of the great river; its body stretched itself rearward up a gentle incline; its most rearward border fringed itself out and scattered its houses about its base line of the hills; the hills rose high, enclosing the town in a half-moon curve, clothed with forests from foot to summit.
Breakfast over, Aunt Polly had family worship: it began with a prayer built from the ground up of solid courses of Scriptural quotations, welded together with a thin mortar of originality; and from the summit of this she delivered a grim chapter of the Mosaic Law, as from Sinai.
It was now the sweetest hour of the twenty-four:- "Day its fervid fires had wasted," and dew fell cool on panting plain and scorched summit.