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cresting

[kres-ting] /ˈkrɛs tɪŋ/
noun
1.
Architecture. a decorative coping, balustrade, etc., usually designed to give an interesting skyline.
2.
Furniture. ornamentation either carved or sawed in the top rail of a piece or else added to it.
3.
a system of ornamental ridges or flutes on a piece of plate armor.
Origin of cresting
1865-1870
1865-70; crest + -ing1

crest

[krest] /krɛst/
noun
1.
the highest part of a hill or mountain range; summit.
2.
the head or top of anything.
3.
a ridge or ridgelike formation.
4.
the foamy top of a wave.
5.
the point of highest flood, as of a river.
6.
the highest point or level; climax; culmination.
7.
a tuft or other natural growth on the top of the head of an animal, as the comb of a rooster.
8.
anything resembling or suggesting such a tuft.
9.
the ridge of the neck of a horse, dog, etc.
10.
the mane growing from this ridge.
11.
an ornament or heraldic device surmounting a helmet.
12.
a helmet.
13.
a ridge running from front to back along the top of a helmet; comb.
14.
Heraldry. a figure borne above the escutcheon in an achievement of arms, either on a helmet or by itself as a distinguishing device.
15.
Anatomy. a ridge, especially on a bone.
16.
a ridge or other prominence on any part of the body of an animal.
17.
Architecture. a cresting.
18.
Machinery. (in a screw or other threaded object) the ridge or surface farthest from the body of the object and defined by the flanks of the thread.
Compare root1 (def 15a).
verb (used with object)
19.
to furnish with a crest.
20.
to serve as a crest for; crown or top.
21.
to reach the crest or summit of (a hill, mountain, etc.).
verb (used without object)
22.
to form or rise to a crest, as a wave or river.
23.
to reach the crest or highest level:
Interest in the project has crested.
Origin
1275-1325; Middle English creste < Old French < Latin crista
Related forms
crested, adjective
crestless, adjective
subcrest, noun
uncrested, adjective
undercrest, noun
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Examples from the Web for cresting
Historical Examples
  • At the eighth panel on the south side, under the Α and Ω of the cresting, stands the Pot of Lilies as a symbol of the Virgin.

    Scottish Cathedrals and Abbeys Dugald Butler and Herbert Story
  • The pierced pattern in cresting should be done as already described for Fig. 24.

    Wood-Carving George Jack
  • The old Douglas homestead was half a mile from "Wayside" cresting a windy hill.

    Anne Of The Island Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Six miles from Menin and four from Ypres it passes through the village of Gheluvelt, cresting there the ridge of hills.

  • A huge wave, cresting over the side, had caught the man on the motor boat full in the chest and hurled him into the sea!

  • On these wings and the central block are other galleries crowned with entablature and cresting.

  • Above the top of the arch runs a band of flat, early renaissance carving with a rich Gothic cresting above.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • cresting a rise about three miles distant I made out a dark mass moving forward along our track, and that at a rapid rate.

    A Frontier Mystery Bertram Mitford
  • In some is Gothic foliage, in others semi-classic carving like the string below or realistic like the cresting.

    Portuguese Architecture Walter Crum Watson
  • The stretcher indicates the oncoming of the newer styles, and the back with its cresting rail is of the Charles II.

British Dictionary definitions for cresting

cresting

/ˈkrɛstɪŋ/
noun
1.
an ornamental ridge along the top of a roof, wall, etc
2.
(carpentry) a shaped decorative toprail or horizontal carved ornament surmounting a chair, mirror, etc

crest

/krɛst/
noun
1.
a tuft or growth of feathers, fur, or skin along the top of the heads of some birds, reptiles, and other animals
2.
something resembling or suggesting this
3.
the top, highest point, or highest stage of something
4.
a ridge on the neck of a horse, dog, lion, etc
5.
the mane or hair growing from this ridge
6.
an ornamental piece, such as a plume, on top of a helmet
7.
(heraldry) a symbol of a family or office, usually representing a beast or bird, borne in addition to a coat of arms and used in medieval times to decorate the helmet
8.
a ridge along the top of a roof, wall, etc
9.
a ridge along the surface of a bone
10.
(archery) Also called cresting. identifying rings painted around an arrow shaft
verb
11.
(intransitive) to come or rise to a high point
12.
(transitive) to lie at the top of; cap
13.
(transitive) to go to or reach the top of (a hill, wave, etc)
Derived Forms
crested, adjective
crestless, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French creste, from Latin crista

CREST

/krɛst/
noun
1.
an electronic share-settlement system, created by the Bank of England and owned by 69 firms, that began operations in 1996
Word Origin
C20: from CrestCo, the name of the operating company
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Word Origin and History for cresting

crest

n.

early 14c., from Old French creste "tuft, comb" (Modern French crête), from Latin crista "tuft, plume," perhaps related to word for "hair" (e.g. crinis), but it also was used for crest of a cock or a helmet. Replaced Old English hris.

v.

late 14c., "provide with a crest," from Old French crester, from creste (see crest (n.)). Meaning "to come over the top of" is from 1832. Related: Crested; cresting.

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cresting in Medicine

crest (krěst)
n.
A projection or ridge, especially of bone; cresta.

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cresting in Science
crest
  (krěst)   
The part of a wave with greatest magnitude; the highest part of a wave. Compare trough. See more at wave.
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