crowning

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
crown•ing /ˈkraʊnɪŋ/USA pronunciation  adj. 
  1. making complete or perfect:a crowning achievement.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
crown•ing  (krouning),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. representing a level of surpassing achievement, attainment, etc.;
    supreme:crowning accomplishment.
  2. forming or providing a crown, top, or summit:a crowning star on a Christmas tree.
  • crown + -ing2

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
crowning /ˈkraʊnɪŋ/ n
  1. the stage of labour when the infant's head is passing through the vaginal opening
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
crown /kraʊn/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Governmentan ornament worn on the head, esp. a circular piece of gold set with gems and worn by a monarch as a symbol of power.
  2. Government the power or rule of a sovereign:[singular;  the + ~;often: Crown]a representative of the Crown.
  3. an ornamental wreath or circlet for the head, given as an award or a mark of victory or distinction:a crown of laurel leaves.
  4. a championship title:He won the batting crown for two years in a row.
  5. the top or highest part of anything, such as of a hat or the head:a little bald spot on the crown of his head.
  6. Dentistry
    • the part of a tooth covered by enamel.
    • an artificial substitute, as of gold or porcelain, for the crown of a tooth.
  7. Currencya former British silver coin, equal to five shillings.
  8. Currencyany of various monetary units or coins with a name meaning "crown,'' as the koruna, króna, or krone:Seven Norwegian crowns used to equal one American dollar.

v. [+ object]
  1. Governmentto invest with a regal crown, or with regal dignity and power:The Emperor was crowned in Paris.
  2. to honor or reward.
  3. to be at the top or highest part of:The fog crowned the top of the mountain.
  4. to bring to a successful or triumphant conclusion:He crowned his great career with the Nobel prize.
  5. Informal TermsInformal. to hit on the top of the head:threatened to crown him with the baseball bat.
  6. Dentistryto cap (a tooth) with a false crown.
  7. Chess[in the game of checkers] to change (a checker) into a king after having safely reached the last row.
crown•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
crown  (kroun),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Governmentany of various types of headgear worn by a monarch as a symbol of sovereignty, often made of precious metal and ornamented with valuable gems.
  2. a similar ornamental headgear worn by a person designated king or queen in a pageant, contest, etc.
  3. an ornamental wreath or circlet for the head, conferred by the ancients as a mark of victory, athletic or military distinction, etc.
  4. the distinction that comes from a great achievement.
  5. Governmentthe power or dominion of a sovereign.
  6. Government(often cap.) the sovereign as head of the state, or the supreme governing power of a state under a monarchical government.
  7. any crownlike emblem or design, as in a heraldic crest.
  8. the top or highest part of anything, as of a hat or a mountain.
  9. the top of the head:Jack fell down and broke his crown.
  10. Dentistry
    • the part of a tooth that is covered by enamel. See diag. under  tooth. 
    • an artificial substitute, as of gold or porcelain, for the crown of a tooth.
  11. Civil Engineeringthe highest point of any construction of convex section or outline, as an arch, vault, deck, or road.
  12. the highest or most nearly perfect state of anything.
  13. an exalting or chief attribute.
  14. the acme or supreme source of honor, excellence, beauty, etc.
  15. something having the form of a crown, as the corona of a flower.
  16. [Bot.]
    • Botanythe leaves and living branches of a tree.
    • Botanythe point at which the root of a seed plant joins the stem.
    • Botanya circle of appendages on the throat of the corolla;
      corona.
  17. Birdsthe crest, as of a bird. See diag. under  bird. 
  18. Architecture
    • a termination of a tower consisting of a lanternlike steeple supported entirely by a number of flying buttresses.
    • any ornamental termination of a tower or turret.
  19. TimeAlso called  button. [Horol.]a knurled knob for winding a watch.
  20. Currencyany of various coins bearing the figure of a crown or crowned head.
  21. Currencya former silver coin of the United Kingdom, equal to five shillings: retained in circulation equal to 25 new pence after decimalization in 1971.
  22. Currencythe monetary unit of Denmark, Iceland, Norway, or Sweden: a krona or krone.
  23. Currencythe koruna of Czechoslovakia.
  24. a crimped metal bottle cap.
  25. OpticsSee  crown glass. 
  26. Food[Cookery.]See  crown roast. 
  27. JewelryAlso called  bezel, top. the part of a cut gem above the girdle.
  28. Buildinga drill bit consisting of a metal matrix holding diamond chips.
  29. Nautical, Naval TermsAlso called  head. the part of an anchor at which the arms join the shank. See diag. under  anchor. 
  30. [Mach.]
    • Mechanical Engineeringa slight convexity given to a pulley supporting a flat belt in order to center the belt.
    • Mechanical Engineeringa slight convexity given to the outer faces of the teeth of two gears so that they mesh toward their centers rather than at the ends.
  31. Printinga size of printing paper, 15 × 20 in. (38 × 51 cm). Cf. double crown.
  32. Nautical, Mechanical Engineering, Naval Termsswallow1 (def. 12).
  33. Naval Terms[Knots.]a knot made by interweaving the strands at the end of a rope, often made as the beginning of a back splice or as the first stage in tying a more elaborate knot.
  34. a crownpiece.

v.t. 
  1. Governmentto invest with a regal crown, or with regal dignity and power.
  2. to place a crown or garland upon the head of.
  3. to honor or reward;
    invest with honor, dignity, etc.
  4. to be at the top or highest part of.
  5. to complete worthily;
    bring to a successful or triumphant conclusion:The award crowned his career.
  6. Informal Termsto hit on the top of the head:She crowned her brother with a picture book.
  7. to give to (a construction) an upper surface of convex section or outline.
  8. Dentistryto cap (a tooth) with a false crown.
  9. Chessto change (a checker) into a king after having safely reached the last row.
  10. Naval Terms[Knots.]to form a crown on (the end of a rope).

v.i. 
  1. Medicine(of a baby in childbirth) to reach a stage in delivery where the largest diameter of the fetal head is emerging from the pelvic outlet.
crownless, adj. 
  • Latin corōna wreath; see corona
  • Anglo-French coroune
  • Middle English coroune, cr(o)une 1125–75

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
crown /kraʊn/ n
  1. an ornamental headdress denoting sovereignty, usually made of gold embedded with precious stones
  2. a wreath or garland for the head, awarded as a sign of victory, success, honour, etc
  3. (sometimes capital) monarchy or kingship
  4. an award, distinction, or title, given as an honour to reward merit, victory, etc
  5. anything resembling or symbolizing a crown, such as a sergeant major's badge or a heraldic bearing
  6. a coin worth 25 pence (five shillings)
  7. any of several continental coins, such as the krona or krone, with a name meaning crown
  8. the top or summit of something, esp of a rounded object: crown of a hill, crown of the head
  9. the centre part of a road, esp when it is cambered
  10. the outstanding quality, achievement, state, etc: the crown of his achievements
  11. the enamel-covered part of a tooth above the gum
  12. artificial crowna substitute crown, usually of gold, porcelain, or acrylic resin, fitted over a decayed or broken tooth
  13. the part of an anchor where the arms are joined to the shank
vb (transitive)
  1. to put a crown on the head of, symbolically vesting with royal title, powers, etc
  2. to place a crown, wreath, garland, etc, on the head of
  3. to place something on or over the head or top of
  4. to confer a title, dignity, or reward upon
  5. to form the summit or topmost part of
  6. to cap or put the finishing touch to a series of events: to crown it all it rained, too
  7. to promote (a draught) to a king by placing another draught on top of it, as after reaching the end of the board
  8. to attach a crown to (a tooth)
  9. slang to hit over the head
Etymology: 12th Century: from Old French corone, from Latin corōna wreath, crown, from Greek korōnē crown, something curved
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