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ze·nith

 (zē′nĭth)
n.
1. The point on the celestial sphere that is directly above the observer.
2. The upper region of the sky.
3. The highest point above the observer's horizon attained by a celestial body.
4. The point of culmination; the peak: the zenith of her career. See Synonyms at summit.

[Middle English senith, from Old French cenith, from Medieval Latin, from Arabic samt (ar-ra's), path (over the head), from Latin sēmita, path; see mei- in Indo-European roots.]

zenith

(ˈzɛnɪθ; US ˈziːnɪθ)
n
1. (Astronomy) astronomy the point on the celestial sphere vertically above an observer
2. the highest point; peak; acme: the zenith of someone's achievements.
[C17: from French cenith, from Medieval Latin, from Old Spanish zenit, based on Arabic samt, as in samt arrās path over one's head, from samt way, path + al the + rās head]
ˈzenithal adj

ze•nith

(ˈzi nɪθ; esp. Brit. ˈzɛn ɪθ)

n.
1. the point on the celestial sphere vertically above a given position or observer. Compare nadir.
2. the highest point or state; culmination; peak.
[1350–1400; Middle English cenith < Medieval Latin < Old Spanish zenit, scribal error for zemt < Arabic samt road (compare Arabic samt ar-rās road above (over) one's head, the opposite of nadir)]

ze·nith

(zē′nĭth)
The point on the celestial sphere that is directly above the observer.

zenith

, nadir - Zenith derived from Arabic samt ar-ras, "the way or road above one's head"; zenith technically is the point directly above the observer and nadir is the point directly below.
See also related terms for observer.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.zenith - the point above the observer that is directly opposite the nadir on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected
celestial point - a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
celestial sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, vault of heaven, welkin, sphere - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
nadir - the point below the observer that is directly opposite the zenith on the imaginary sphere against which celestial bodies appear to be projected

zenith

noun height, summit, peak, top, climax, crest, high point, pinnacle, meridian, apex, high noon, apogee, acme, vertex His career is now at its zenith.
base, bottom, nadir, lowest point, depths, rock bottom

zenith

noun
The highest point or state:
Informal: payoff.
Medicine: fastigium.
Translations
سَمْت، أوْج، أعْلى نُقْطَه
zenitnadhlavník
topzenit
lakipistezeniitti
zenit
hvirfilpunktur, hápunktur
天頂絶頂頂点
zenitas
zenīts
zenit
zenitzirve

zenith

[ˈzenɪθ] N
1. (Astron) → cenit m
2. (fig) → cenit m, apogeo m
to be at the zenith of one's powerestar en el apogeo de su poder

zenith

[ˈzɛnɪθ ˈziːnɪθ] n
(ASTRONOMY)zénith m
to reach its zenith [sun, planet] → atteindre son zénith
(fig)zénith m
to be at its zenith → être à son zénith
to reach its zenith → atteindre son zénith

zenith

n (Astron, fig) → Zenit m

zenith

[ˈzɛnɪθ] n (liter) (of civilization) → culmine m; (of career) → apice m (Astron) → zenit m inv

zenith

(ˈzeniθ) noun
the highest point. The sun reaches its zenith at midday.
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