from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series or progression; a culmination. See Synonyms at summit.
- n. A series of statements or ideas in an ascending order of rhetorical force or intensity.
- n. The final statement in such a series.
- n. A moment of great or culminating intensity in a narrative or drama, especially the conclusion of a crisis.
- n. The turning point in a plot or dramatic action.
- n. See orgasm.
- n. A stage in ecological development in which a community of organisms, especially plants, is stable and capable of perpetuating itself. Also called climax community.
- transitive v. To bring to or reach a climax.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series; a culmination
- n. The turning point in a plot or in dramatic action, especially one marking a change in the protagonist's affairs.
- n. A stage of ecological development in which a community of organisms, is stable and capable of perpetuating itself.
- n. An orgasm.
- n. : Ordering of terms in increasing order of importance or magnitude.
- n. : Anadiplosis.
- v. To reach or bring to a climax
- v. To orgasm; to reach orgasm
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent.
- n. A figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness.
- n. The highest point; the greatest degree.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In rhetoric, originally, such an arrangement of successive clauses that the last important word of one is repeated as the first important word of the next; accumulated epanastrophe; hence (since this arrangement is generally adopted for the sake of graduated increase in force or emphasis), a figure by which a series of clauses or phrases is so arranged that each in turn surpasses the preceding one in intensity of expression or importance of meaning. See anticlimax.
- n. In logic: A sorites, or chain of reasoning.
- n. The sophism called sorites (which see).
- n. The highest point of intensity, development, etc.; the culmination; acme: as, he was then at the climax of his fortunes.
- To reach the highest point or climax; culminate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the most severe stage of a disease
- n. the decisive moment in a novel or play
- n. arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
- n. the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
- n. the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding
- v. end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
Latin clīmax, rhetorical climax, from Greek klīmax, ladder; see klei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin clīmax, from Ancient Greek κλῖμαξ (klimaks, "a ladder, a staircase, a climax in rhetoric"), from κλίνω (klinō, "I lean, slant"). (Wiktionary)