Webster 1913 Edition
peac, perh of Celtic origin; cf. Ir.
peaca sharp-pointed thing. Cf.
A point; the sharp end or top of anything that terminates in a point;“Run your beard into a peak.”
peak, or front, of a cap
Beau. & Fl.
The top, or one of the tops, of a hill, mountain, or range, ending in a point; often, the whole hill or mountain, esp. when isolated;
Silent upon a
The upper aftermost corner of a fore-and-aft sail; – used in many combinations;
The narrow part of a vessel’s bow, or the hold within it.
The extremity of an anchor fluke; the bill.
[In the last sense written also
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To rise or extend into a peak or point; to form, or appear as, a peak.
peakethup a mighty high mount.
To acquire sharpness of figure or features; hence, to look thin or sickly.“Dwindle, peak, and pine.”
To pry; to peep slyly.
a pointed or Gothic arch.
To raise to a position perpendicular, or more nearly so;
peakoars, to hold them upright; to
peaka gaff or yard, to set it nearer the perpendicular.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The top of a hill or mountain, ending in a point; as the peak of Teneriffe.
2.A point; the end of any thing that terminates in a point.
3.The upper corner of a sail which is extended by a gaff or yard; also, the extremity of the yard or gaff.
1.To make a mean figure; to sneak. [Not used.]