from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or constituting a climax.

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  • adj. Of, pertaining to, or constituting a climax; reaching a decisive moment or point of greatest tension.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a climax; forming, or of the nature of, a climax, or ascending series.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or of the nature of a climax; ascending or leading to a climax.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. consisting of or causing a climax


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