, OF. cenith
, F. zénith
, Sp. zenit
, abbrev. fr. Ar. samt-urras
way of the head, vertical place; samt
way, path + al
the + ras
head. Cf. Azimuth
- That point in the visible celestial hemisphere which is vertical to the spectator; the point of the heavens directly overhead; -- opposed to nadir.
To noon he fell, from noon to dewy eve,
A summer's day; and with the setting sun
Dropped from the zenith, like a falling star.
- hence, figuratively, the point of culmination; the greatest height; the height of success or prosperity.
I find my zenith doth depend upon
A most auspicious star.
This dead of midnight is the noon of thought,
And wisdom mounts her zenith with the stars.
It was during those civil troubles . . . this aspiring family reached the zenith.