|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|
|11.||(intr) to come or rise to a high point|
|12.||(tr) to lie at the top of; cap|
|13.||(tr) to go to or reach the top of (a hill, wave, etc)|
|[C14: from Old French creste, from Latin crista]|
A projection or ridge, especially of bone; cresta.
decorative architectural repeat motif applied to the top of a wall, screen, or roof. Widely used during the Gothic period (the 12th through the 15th century), it was frequently found on the bressummer, or superstructure, of a church and on the cornice of the church rood screen, a partition separating the east end of the nave from the chancel, or area around the altar.
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