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Noun: climax  'klI,maks
  1. The highest point of anything conceived of as growing, developing or unfolding
    "the climax of the artist's career";
    - flood tide
  2. The decisive moment in a novel or play
    "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play";
    - culmination
  3. The moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
    - orgasm, sexual climax, coming
  4. The most severe stage of a disease
  5. Arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
Verb: climax  'klI,maks
  1. End, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
    "The meeting climaxed in a tearful embrace";
    - culminate

Derived forms: climaxing, climaxes, climaxed

Type of: cease, consummation, degree, end, finish, instant, juncture, level, minute, moment, occasion, phase, phasis, point, rhetorical device, second, stage, stop, terminate

Part of: story

Encyclopedia: Climax, North Carolina