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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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Examples from the web for culmination
  • Additionally, the event marked the culmination of efforts to create a new state-of-the-art theater for the museum.
  • It was the culmination of a tragic personal journey.
  • Developing a high-speed train is a decades long culmination of research, testing and manufacturing technology.
  • But the subprime crisis came to play a different role: it served as the culmination or reversal point of the super-bubble.
  • But it is in the past that the action of the story and its violent culmination take place.
  • We're always the culmination of our various influences.
  • It was the culmination of work that spanned three years.
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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