I. noun Etymology: Middle English pinacle, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin pinnaculum small wing, gable, from Latin pinna wing, battlement Date: 14th century 1. an upright architectural member generally ending in a small spire and used especially in Gothic construction to give weight especially to a buttress 2. a structure or formation suggesting a pinnacle; specifically a lofty peak 3. the highest point of development or achievement ; acme Synonyms: see summit II. transitive verb (-cled; pinnacling) Date: 14th century 1. to surmount with a pinnacle 2. to raise or rear on a pinnacle

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