Crown Crown (kroun), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Crowned} (kround); p. pr. & vb. n. {Crowning}.] [OE. coronen, corunen, crunien, crounien, OF. coroner, F. couronner, fr. L. coronare, fr. corona a crown. See {Crown}, n.] 1. To cover, decorate, or invest with a crown; hence, to invest with royal dignity and power. [1913 Webster]

Her who fairest does appear, Crown her queen of all the year. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Crown him, and say, ``Long live our emperor.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To bestow something upon as a mark of honor, dignity, or recompense; to adorn; to dignify. [1913 Webster]

Thou . . . hast crowned him with glory and honor. --Ps. viii. 5. [1913 Webster]

3. To form the topmost or finishing part of; to complete; to consummate; to perfect. [1913 Webster]

Amidst the grove that crowns yon tufted hill. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

One day shall crown the alliance. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

To crown the whole, came a proposition. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mech.) To cause to round upward; to make anything higher at the middle than at the edges, as the face of a machine pulley. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mil.) To effect a lodgment upon, as upon the crest of the glacis, or the summit of the breach. [1913 Webster]

{To crown a knot} (Naut.), to lay the ends of the strands over and under each other. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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