Crest has a number of meanings as both a noun and a verb. Many animals have crests, which are tufts or plumes of feathers or hair on top of their heads. As a verb, crest means to reach a peak or high point.
The woodpecker has a bright red crest that distinguishes it from other woodpeckers. It is also significantly larger than most other woodpeckers.
After almost an hour of steady hiking, we finally crested the hill. It was not a high mountain, but the view from the top was simply stunning.
Many prominent families have a design or logo that represents their family name and history, called a family crest. And often, you may hear of a person who has reached a high point in life or in an endeavor as riding on the crest of a wave, especially if it is known that the success will not last long.
After dinner, we retired to Peter's library for brandy and cigars. He showed me his family crest, which was a picture of a dragon being eaten by a lion with two heads. I was impressed.
Captivity means the state of being a captive. Someone or some animal in captivity has been captured or is being confined in some way. Captivity can also be used to refer to the period of time in which the person or animal was confined.
Scientists at a zoo in Madrid are very excited, because for the first time, they have been able to breed the white rhinoceros in captivity. They are critically endangered in the wild.
Many prisoners of war, held in prisons in the 1960s and 1970s, developed many interesting ways to pass the time and remain sane during their captivity.
When you have a group of people who must watch or listen to someone or something because they cannot leave, we say that you have a captive audience. At the opposite end of the spectrum, when people are captivated, their interest has been captured and held with their full consent and participation.
Some teachers treat their classes like a stage on which they can perform, with the students as a captive audience. It is not surprising that many comedians, actors, and musicians are former teachers.
I took my sons to watch a master glass blower at work. We were all utterly captivated by the way the glass glows red hot and changes shape, and by the skill the man possessed.