Definitions for climaxˈklaɪ mæks

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cli•maxˈklaɪ 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.

    Category: Literature

  3. a rhetorical figure consisting of a series of related ideas so arranged that each surpasses the preceding in force or intensity. the last term or member of this figure.

    Category: Rhetoric

  4. an orgasm.

  5. the stable and self-perpetuating end stage in the ecological succession of a plant and animal community.

    Category: Ecology

  6. (v.i.)to bring to or reach a climax.

Origin of climax:

1580–90; < LL < Gk klîmax ladder, akin to klinein to lean

Princeton's WordNet

  1. climax, flood tide(noun)

    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"

  2. climax, culmination(noun)

    the decisive moment in a novel or play

    "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"

  3. orgasm, climax, sexual climax, coming(noun)

    the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse

  4. climax(noun)

    the most severe stage of a disease

  5. climax(verb)

    arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness

  6. culminate, climax(verb)

    end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

    "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. climax(noun)ˈklaɪ mæks

    the most important or exciting part

    The competition reached its climax today.; sexual climax


  1. climax(Noun)

    The point of greatest intensity or force in an ascending series; a culmination

  2. climax(Noun)

    The turning point in a plot or in dramatic action, especially one marking a change in the protagonist's affairs.

  3. climax(Noun)

    A stage of ecological development in which a community of organisms, is stable and capable of perpetuating itself.

  4. climax(Noun)

    An orgasm.

  5. climax(Noun)

    Ordering of terms in increasing order of importance or magnitude.

  6. climax(Noun)


  7. climax(Verb)

    To reach or bring to a climax

  8. climax(Verb)

    To orgasm; to reach orgasm

  9. Origin: From climax, from κλῖμαξ, from κλίνω.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Climax(verb)

    upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent

  2. Climax(verb)

    a figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness

  3. Climax(verb)

    the highest point; the greatest degree


  1. Climax!

    Climax! is an American anthology series that aired on CBS from 1954 to 1958. The series was hosted by William Lundigan and later co-hosted by Mary Costa. It was one of the few CBS programs of that era to be broadcast in color. Many of the episodes were performed and broadcast live, and although the series was transmitted in color, only black-and-white kinescope copies of some episodes survive to the present day.

Translations for climax

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the highest point; the most dramatic moment

the climax of the novel.

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