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cli·max

 (klī′măks′)
n.
1. The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series or progression; a culmination. See Synonyms at summit.
2.
a. A series of statements or ideas in an ascending order of rhetorical force or intensity.
b. The final statement in such a series.
3.
a. A moment of great or culminating intensity in a narrative or drama, especially the conclusion of a crisis.
b. The turning point in a plot or dramatic action.
4. See orgasm.
5. Ecology A climax community.
tr. & intr.v. cli·maxed, cli·max·ing, cli·max·es
To bring to or reach a climax.

[Latin clīmax, rhetorical climax, from Greek klīmax, ladder; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]

climax

(ˈklaɪmæks)
n
1. the most intense or highest point of an experience or of a series of events: the party was the climax of the week.
2. (Theatre) a decisive moment in a dramatic or other work
3. (Rhetoric) a rhetorical device by which a series of sentences, clauses, or phrases are arranged in order of increasing intensity
4. (Environmental Science) ecology the stage in the development of a community during which it remains stable under the prevailing environmental conditions
5. (Physiology) Also called: sexual climax (esp in referring to women) another word for orgasm
vb
to reach or bring to a climax
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek klimax ladder]

cli•max

(ˈklaɪ mæks)

n.
1. the highest or most intense point in the development or resolution of something; culmination.
2. (in a dramatic or literary work) a decisive moment that is of maximum intensity or is a major turning point in a plot.
3.
a. a rhetorical figure consisting of a series of related ideas so arranged that each surpasses the preceding in force or intensity.
b. the last term or member of this figure.
4. an orgasm.
5. the stable and self-perpetuating end stage in the ecological succession of a plant and animal community.
v.t., v.i.
6. to bring to or reach a climax.
[1580–90; < Late Latin < Greek klîmax ladder, akin to klinein to lean]

climax

- First described propositions in rhetoric, one rising above the other in effectiveness; it comes from Greek klimax, "ladder."
See also related terms for rhetoric.

climax


Past participle: climaxed
Gerund: climaxing

Imperative
climax
climax
Present
I climax
you climax
he/she/it climaxes
we climax
you climax
they climax
Preterite
I climaxed
you climaxed
he/she/it climaxed
we climaxed
you climaxed
they climaxed
Present Continuous
I am climaxing
you are climaxing
he/she/it is climaxing
we are climaxing
you are climaxing
they are climaxing
Present Perfect
I have climaxed
you have climaxed
he/she/it has climaxed
we have climaxed
you have climaxed
they have climaxed
Past Continuous
I was climaxing
you were climaxing
he/she/it was climaxing
we were climaxing
you were climaxing
they were climaxing
Past Perfect
I had climaxed
you had climaxed
he/she/it had climaxed
we had climaxed
you had climaxed
they had climaxed
Future
I will climax
you will climax
he/she/it will climax
we will climax
you will climax
they will climax
Future Perfect
I will have climaxed
you will have climaxed
he/she/it will have climaxed
we will have climaxed
you will have climaxed
they will have climaxed
Future Continuous
I will be climaxing
you will be climaxing
he/she/it will be climaxing
we will be climaxing
you will be climaxing
they will be climaxing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been climaxing
you have been climaxing
he/she/it has been climaxing
we have been climaxing
you have been climaxing
they have been climaxing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been climaxing
you will have been climaxing
he/she/it will have been climaxing
we will have been climaxing
you will have been climaxing
they will have been climaxing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been climaxing
you had been climaxing
he/she/it had been climaxing
we had been climaxing
you had been climaxing
they had been climaxing
Conditional
I would climax
you would climax
he/she/it would climax
we would climax
you would climax
they would climax
Past Conditional
I would have climaxed
you would have climaxed
he/she/it would have climaxed
we would have climaxed
you would have climaxed
they would have climaxed

climax

The arrangement of sentences or clauses in such a way as to build in intensity.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.climax - the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; "the climax of the artist's career"; "in the flood tide of his success"
juncture, occasion - an event that occurs at a critical time; "at such junctures he always had an impulse to leave"; "it was needed only on special occasions"
2.climax - the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
story - a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events; "he writes stories for the magazines"
moment, instant, minute, second - a particular point in time; "the moment he arrived the party began"
3.climax - the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
consummation - the act of bringing to completion or fruition
male orgasm - an orgasm accompanied by the sensation of ejaculation of semen
4.climax - the most severe stage of a disease
degree, stage, level, point - a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process; "a remarkable degree of frankness"; "at what stage are the social sciences?"
5.climax - arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
rhetorical device - a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)
Verb1.climax - end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"
crown, top - be the culminating event; "The speech crowned the meeting"
end, cease, terminate, finish, stop - have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical; "the bronchioles terminate in a capillary bed"; "Your rights stop where you infringe upon the rights of other"; "My property ends by the bushes"; "The symphony ends in a pianissimo"

climax

noun
1. culmination, head, top, summit, height, highlight, peak, pay-off (informal), crest, high point, zenith, apogee, high spot (informal), acme, ne plus ultra (Latin) Reaching the Olympics was the climax of her career.
verb
1. culminate, end, finish, conclude, peak, come to a head They did a series of charity events climaxing in a millennium concert.

climax

noun
The highest point or state:
Informal: payoff.
Medicine: fastigium.
verb
To reach or bring to a climax:
cap, crest, crown, culminate, peak, top (off or out).
Translations
ذُروه، نُقْطَةُ التَّحَوُّل
vyvrcholení
højdepunktklimaks
hástig, hápunktur; fullnæging
kulminacija
kulminācija
doruk noktası

climax

[ˈklaɪmæks]
A. N
1. (= high point) → punto m culminante, apogeo m; [of play etc] → clímax m inv
to reach a climaxllegar a su punto álgido, alcanzar una cima de intensidad
2. (= sexual climax) → orgasmo m
B. VI
1. (= reach high point) → llegar a un or su clímax
2. (= achieve orgasm) → tener un orgasmo

climax

[ˈklaɪmæks] n
[career, performance] → apogée m, point m culminant
(= orgasm) → orgasme m

climax

n (all senses) → Höhepunkt m; (sexual also) → Orgasmus m; this brought matters to a climaxdamit erreichte die Angelegenheit ihren Höhepunkt

climax

[ˈklaɪmæks] nculmine m; (of play) → momento più emozionante, climax m inv; (sexual climax) → orgasmo

climax

(ˈklaimӕks) plural ˈclimaxes noun
the highest point; the most dramatic moment. the climax of the novel.

cli·max

n. L. clímax.
1. crisis de una enfermedad;
2. orgasmo sexual.

climax

n (sexual) orgasmo
References in classic literature ?
Meg had an extra row of little curlpapers across her forehead, Jo had copiously anointed her afflicted face with cold cream, Beth had taken Joanna to bed with her to atone for the approaching separation, and Amy had capped the climax by putting a colthespin on her nose to uplift the offending feature.
She was a grown young woman when she was overtaken by what she supposed to be the climax of her fate.
demanded the Huron, observing that Heyward hesitated in his desire to end the enumeration of benefits with that which might form the climax of an Indian's wishes.
Thus it is that the grief of the passing moment takes upon itself an individuality, and a character of climax, which it is destined to lose after a while, and to fade into the dark gray tissue common to the grave or glad events of many years ago.
There had been, this evening, after the revelation left me, for an hour, so prostrate--there had been, for either of us, no attendance on any service but a little service of tears and vows, of prayers and promises, a climax to the series of mutual challenges and pledges that had straightway ensued on our retreating together to the schoolroom and shutting ourselves up there to have everything out.
The first, to begin from the neck, was nearly six feet long; the second, third, and fourth were each successively longer, till you came to the climax of the fifth, or one of the middle ribs, which measured eight feet and some inches.
The climax of it is a furious prestissimo, at which the couples seize hands and begin a mad whirling.
I paused, and stood over that cowering lad a whole minute in awful silence; then, in a voice deep, measured, charged with doom, I began, and rose by dramatically graded stages to my colossal climax, which I delivered in as sublime and noble a way as ever I did such a thing in my life: "Go back and tell the king that at that hour I will smother the whole world in the dead blackness of midnight; I will blot out the sun, and he shall never shine again; the fruits of the earth shall rot for lack of light and warmth, and the peoples of the earth shall famish and die, to the last man
He would cry for nothing; he would burst into storms of devilish temper without notice, and let go scream after scream and squall after squall, then climax the thing with "holding his breath"-- that frightful specialty of the teething nursling, in the throes of which the creature exhausts its lungs, then is convulsed with noiseless squirmings and twistings and kickings in the effort to get its breath, while the lips turn blue and the mouth stands wide and rigid, offering for inspection one wee tooth set in the lower rim of a hoop of red gums; and when the appalling stillness has endured until one is sure the lost breath will never return, a nurse comes flying, and dashes water in the child's face, and--presto
The strain upon pent emotion reached its climax when the boy said:
And, to cap the climax of their base ingratitude and fiendish barbarity, my grandmother, who was now very old, having outlived my old master and all his children, having seen the beginning and end of all of them, and her present owners finding she was of but little value, her frame already racked with the pains of old age, and complete helplessness fast stealing over her once active limbs, they took her to the woods, built her a little hut, put up a little mud-chimney, and then made her welcome to the privilege of support- ing herself there in perfect loneliness; thus virtually turning her out to die
Edgar: he grew pale with pure annoyance: a feeling that reached its climax when his lady rose, and stepping across the rug, seized Heathcliff's hands again, and laughed like one beside herself.