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[kuhl-muh-ney-shuh n] /ˌkʌl məˈneɪ ʃən/
the act or fact of culminating.
that in which anything culminates; the culminating position or stage; highest point; acme.
Astronomy. the position of a celestial body when it is on the meridian.
Origin of culmination
1625-35; < Medieval Latin culminātiōn-, stem of culminātiō; see culminate, -ion
Related forms
nonculmination, noun
2. climax, zenith, peak, summit. Unabridged
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  • This is the reason why the culmination is usually set well along toward the conclusion of the story.

  • It will be noted that the date of culmination is given in almost every case.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • The building of towers and churches with horses brings the mental confusion of the child to its culmination.

  • It is an outgrowth and culmination of instincts, a fusion of them into a new product.

    The Psychology of Nations G.E. Partridge
  • The culmination of a speech is in its peroration; of a poem in its incorporated envoi.

    A Novelist on Novels W. L. George
British Dictionary definitions for culmination


the final, highest, or decisive point
the act of culminating
(astronomy) the highest or lowest altitude attained by a heavenly body as it crosses the meridian
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Word Origin and History for culmination

1630s, from French culmination, noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin culminare (see culminate). Originally a term in astronomy/astrology; figurative use is from 1650s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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