from The Century Dictionary.

  • Completing; perfecting; finishing.
  • noun In agriculture, the cutting off of the crown, as of sugar-beets. See crown, 12 .
  • noun The act or ceremony of investing with a crown or regal authority and dignity; coronation.
  • noun The tonsure of the clergy.
  • noun Something that crowns, terminates, or finishes.
  • noun Something convex at the top: as, the crowning or crown of a causeway; specifically, the bulge or swell in the center of a band-pulley.
  • noun In fortification, a position on the crest of the glacis secured by the besiegers by means of the sap or otherwise. It is protected by a parapet, and places the besiegers in a situation to become masters of the covered way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb Present participle of crown.
  • adjective Supreme; of a surpassing quality or quantity.
  • noun A coronation.

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  • adjective representing a level of the highest possible achievement or attainment
  • adjective forming or providing a crown or summit


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  • 'crowning' is also a superlative.

    August 22, 2011

  • "In agriculture, the cutting off of the crown, as of sugar-beets."

    --Cent. Dict.

    November 19, 2012

  • Trying to remember the story of "The Beet Queen", and how she may have been crowned.

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