climax

[klahy-maks]

noun

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.
Rhetoric.
  1. a figure consisting of a series of related ideas so arranged that each surpasses the preceding in force or intensity.
  2. the last term or member of this figure.
an orgasm.
Ecology. the stable and self-perpetuating end stage in the ecological succession or evolution of a plant and animal community.

verb (used with or without object)

to bring to or reach a climax.

Nearby words

  1. climatize,
  2. climatography,
  3. climatological,
  4. climatologist,
  5. climatology,
  6. climax community,
  7. climb,
  8. climb down,
  9. climb indicator,
  10. climb on the bandwagon

Origin of climax

1580–90; < Late Latin < Greek klîmax ladder, akin to klī́nein to lean

Related formshy·per·cli·max, nounun·cli·maxed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for climax

climax

noun

the most intense or highest point of an experience or of a series of eventsthe 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

verb

to reach or bring to a climax

Word Origin for climax

C16: from Late Latin, from Greek klimax ladder

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Word Origin and History for climax
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Medicine definitions for climax

climax

[klīmăks′]

n.

The height of a disease; the stage of greatest severity.
orgasm

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