(a) The early 1990s were the period of the crack epidemic, the zenith of American gun crime.
The major labor unions - then at the zenith of their political power - disliked Johnson.
Iran was awed by the majesty of the Shahanshah, the king of kings, and thought it was at the zenith of greatness.
In his own mind he is at the zenith of his life, a man in full.
In 1986, at the zenith of her strength, that figure was reduced to 1.9 million.
He would have had me believe him shooting to his zenith, victorious at last.
At the moment of his return to Thessaly he had reached the zenith of his greatness.
Paul gazed vacantly from the zenith to the nadir, and from west to east, when suddenly his eyes fell on the Abbot of Antinoe.
The Cherubim and Seraphim have wings that elevate them above our zenith.
Close by us was the Grand Stand—tier on tier of dim thrones rising up toward the zenith.
late 14c., from Old French cenith (Modern French zénith), from Medieval Latin cenit, senit, bungled scribal transliterations of Arabic samt "road, path," abbreviation of samt ar-ras, literally "the way over the head." Letter -m- misread as -ni-.
The Medieval Latin word could as well be influenced by the rough agreement of the Arabic term with classical Latin semita "sidetrack, side path" (notion of "thing going off to the side"), from se- "apart" + *mi-ta-, suffixed zero-grade form of PIE root *mei- "to change" (see mutable).
The point on the celestial sphere that is directly above the observer (90 degrees above the celestial horizon). Compare nadir.