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.

1625–35; < Medieval Latin culminātiōn-, stem of culminātiō; see culminate, -ion

nonculmination, noun

2. climax, zenith, peak, summit. Unabridged
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culmination (ˌkʌlmɪˈneɪʃən)
1.  the final, highest, or decisive point
2.  the act of culminating
3.  astronomy the highest or lowest altitude attained by a heavenly body as it crosses the meridian

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Word Origin & History

1630s, noun of action from culminate. Originally a term in astronomy/astrology; fig. use is from 1650s.
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Example sentences
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.
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