- to reach the highest point, summit, or highest development (usually followed by in).
- to end or arrive at a final stage (usually followed by in): The argument culminated in a fistfight.
- to rise to or form an apex; terminate (usually followed by in): The tower culminates in a tall spire.
- Astronomy. (of a celestial body) to be on the meridian, or reach the highest or the lowest altitude.
- to bring to a close; complete; climax: A rock song culminates the performance.
Origin of culminate
Examples from the Web for culminating
Over the next few years, a chasm would open up between the Party and the KGB, culminating with the failed coup in August 1991.How the Fall of the Berlin Wall Radicalized Putin
November 9, 2014
A typical number would last 20 minutes or more during this culminating phase of his musical evolution.What if Jazz Giant John Coltrane Had Lived?
September 14, 2014
The problem, as many an emperor could confirm, is that culminating points are easiest to identify in retrospect.War! What Is It Good For? A Lot
August 13, 2014
A flurry of emails continued over the weekend, culminating in what they claimed were $2 million in new donations.The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop
July 28, 2014
What followed, instead, was a year of inaction, culminating in a government shutdown and a stand-off over the fiscal cliff.The Deal Has Passed, But Don’t Hold Your Breath for Bipartisanship
December 13, 2013
When he had said it, he took a culminating pinch of snuff, and put his box in his pocket.A Tale of Two Cities
And then Mr. Gollop sat up and grinned with the culminating joy of the morning!Mixed Faces
On November 3, the trouble in Colombia reached its culminating point.American Boy's Life of Theodore Roosevelt
The culminating point in his good fortune was reached in the following autumn.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
This was the culminating point of anxiety with their friends.The Riflemen of the Miami
Edward S. Ellis
- (when intr, usually foll by in) to end or cause to end, esp to reach or bring to a final or climactic stage
- (intr) (of a celestial body) to cross the meridian of the observer
Word Origin and History for culminating
1640s, from Late Latin culminatus past participle of culminare "to top, to crown," from Latin culmen (genitive culminis) "top, peak, summit, roof, gable," also used figuratively, contraction of columen (see column). Related: Culminated; culminating.