Prominence vs Zenith - What's the difference?

prominence | zenith |

As nouns the difference between prominence and zenith

is that prominence is the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent while zenith is zenith.



  • The state of being prominent: widely known or eminent.
  • *
  • *:“My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
  • Relative importance.
  • A bulge: something that bulges out or is protuberant or projects from a form.
  • (lb) Autonomous height; relative height or prime factor; a concept used in the categorization of hills and mountains.
  • zenith


    (wikipedia zenith)


    (en noun)
  • (astronomy) The point in the sky vertically above a given position or observer; the point in the celestial sphere opposite the nadir.
  • * 1638 Herbert, Sir Thomas Some years travels into divers parts of Asia and Afrique
  • The 12 day wee had the wind high and large ?o that in two dayes ?aile we made the Sunne our Zenith or verticall point...
  • * 1671–1693 : Rev. Thomas Jolly, private notebook ; printed in:
  • * 1895 , Henry Fishwick (editor), The Note Book of the Rev. Thomas Jolly: A.D. 1671–1693. Extracts from the Church Books of Altham and Wymondhouses, 1649–1725. And an Account of the Jolly Family of Standish, Gorton, and Altham , page 44
  • In this 10th m. appeared that prodigious Comett the tayl whereof was like the blade of a double edged sword, and reached almost from the horizon to the zenith .
  • (astronomy) The highest point in the sky reached by a celestial body.
  • * 1719-
  • the middle of the day, when the sun was in the zenith , the violence of the heat was too great to stir out...
  • * 1920 , , The Understanding Heart , Chapter II:
  • As far to the west as Monica could see, her world was a sea of fog, , the fog gradually took on a bluish tinge.
  • Highest point or state; peak.
  • * Shakespeare
  • I find my zenith doth depend upon / A most auspicious star.
  • * Macaulay
  • It was during those civil troubles this aspiring family reached the zenith .
  • * {{quote-book
  • , page=173 , year=1900 , author=William Beckford , title=The History of the Caliph Vathek citation , passage="There for a while I enjoyed myself in the zenith of glory and pleasure."}}

    Derived terms

    * zenithal * zenithally


    * (highest point or state) acme, apogee, culmination, pinnacle * See also


    * nadir * perigee