AskDefine | Define mountaintop

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Noun

  1. The summit of a mountain.

Translations

the summit of a mountain
  • Dutch: bergtop
  • Finnish: vuorenhuippu
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: سه‌رشاخ

Adjective

  1. Situated or occurring on the summit of a mountain.

Extensive Definition

In topography, a summit is a point on a surface which is higher in elevation than all points immediately adjacent to it. Mathematically speaking, a summit is a local maximum in elevation.
The term "summit" is generally only used for a mountain peak with some significant amount of topographic prominence or topographic isolation (distance from the nearest point of higher elevation); for example, a boulder next to the main summit of a mountain is not considered a summit. Summits near a higher peak, with some prominence or isolation, but not reaching a certain cutoff value for these quantities, are often considered subsummits (or subpeaks) of the higher peak, and are considered as part of the same mountain.
A pyramidal peak is an exaggerated form produced by ice erosion of a mountain top.
mountaintop in Amharic: ከፍታ (ቶፖግራፊ)
mountaintop in Catalan: Cim
mountaintop in Czech: Vrchol (topografie)
mountaintop in German: Gipfel (Berg)
mountaintop in Spanish: Cima
mountaintop in Persian: قله
mountaintop in French: Sommet
mountaintop in Italian: Vetta
mountaintop in Dutch: Top (berg)
mountaintop in Norwegian: Topp (topografi)
mountaintop in Romanian: Vârf de munte
mountaintop in Sicilian: Cima

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acme, apex, apogee, brow, cap, climax, cloud nine, crest, crown, culmen, culmination, edge, extreme limit, extremity, heaven, heavens, height, high noon, highest pitch, highest point, hilltop, knoll, limit, lofty peak, maximum, meridian, ne plus ultra, no place higher, noon, peak, pic, pico, pike, pinnacle, pitch, point, pole, precipice, ridge, seventh heaven, sky, spire, spur, summit, tip, tip-top, top, tor, upmost, upper extremity, uppermost, utmost, vertex, very top, zenith
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