cusp NOUN 1) a pointed end where two curves meet. 2) each of the pointed ends of a crescent, especially of the moon. 3) a cone-shaped prominence on the surface of a tooth. 4) Astrology the initial point of an astrological sign or house. 5) a point of transition between two different states: those on the cusp of adulthood.
DERIVATIVES cuspate adjective cusped adjective.
ORIGIN Latin cuspis 'point or apex' .

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