the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something; culmination: His career reached its climax when he was elected president.
(in a dramatic or literary work) a decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot.
a figure consisting of a series of related ideas so arranged that each surpasses the preceding in force or intensity.
the last term or member of this figure.
Ecology. the stable and self-perpetuating end stage in the ecological succession or evolution of a plant and animal community.
to bring to or reach a climax.
- hy·per·cli·max, noun
- un·cli·maxed, adjective
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How to use climax in a sentence
The orchestral music swells like a climax in a Disney film as Ronald McDonald notices the runty skater.The McDonald’s Commercials That Live in Our Minds, Rent Free | MM Carrigan | December 18, 2020 | Eater
The climax of cricket mating is the transfer of the spermatophore, a protein ball packed with sperm.Small, quiet crickets turn leaves into megaphones to blare their mating call | Jonathan Lambert | December 16, 2020 | Science News
The climax of Keller’s childhood occurred during the summer of 1887 when Anne Sullivan convinced her that “everything had a name, and each name gave birth to a new thought.”Five Scientists on the Heroes Who Changed Their Lives - Issue 93: Forerunners | Alan Lightman, Hope Jahren, Robert Sapolsky, | December 2, 2020 | Nautilus
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And it is that climax where the book and the film diverge the most, and which will probably upset the most people.Why 'The Giver' Movie Will Disappoint the Book's Fans | Kevin Fallon | August 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
[Laughs] I should have said, “Well, this is certainly a climax!”Allison Janney’s Incredible ‘Double O’ and That ‘Masters of Sex’ Love Scene | Jason Lynch | July 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But then, as the song reaches its climax, the Marines explode.Why These Marines Love ‘Frozen’—and Why It Matters | Aaron B. O’Connell | June 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But not even Cap can escape the dreaded generic climax of the modern day superhero flick.How ‘Captain America’ Almost Got It Right but Ended Up Being a Dud | Sujay Kumar | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The percussion rolls like thunder, the woodwinds climax, the camera swoops upward, and we see the brass plaque: The Olive Garden.Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden | Kelly Williams Brown | February 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On to Gaba Tepe just in time to see the opening, the climax and the end of the dreaded Turkish counter attack.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
She was a grown young woman when she was overtaken by what she supposed to be the climax of her fate.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
The climax was reached when a most offensive policeman in a dictatorial manner ordered me to 'Move on.'The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3) | Charles James Wills
A talk with this enigmatical cousin would be a proper climax to the triumphs of the night.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
That last moment, as she stepped lightly over the threshold of the library, was a sort of climax to the intoxication of youth.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for climax
the most intense or highest point of an experience or of a series of events: the party was the climax of the week
a decisive moment in a dramatic or other work
a rhetorical device by which a series of sentences, clauses, or phrases are arranged in order of increasing intensity
ecology the stage in the development of a community during which it remains stable under the prevailing environmental conditions
Also called: sexual climax (esp in referring to women) another word for orgasm
to reach or bring to a climax
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