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Definitions for climax
ˈklaɪ mækscli·max

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. climax, flood tidenoun

    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, culminationnoun

    the decisive moment in a novel or play

    "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"

  3. orgasm, climax, sexual climax, comingnoun

    the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse

  4. climaxnoun

    the most severe stage of a disease

  5. climaxverb

    arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness

  6. culminate, climaxverb

    end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

    "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"


  1. climaxnoun

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

  2. climaxnoun

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

  3. climaxnoun

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

  4. climaxnoun

    An orgasm.

  5. climaxnoun

    Ordering of terms in increasing order of importance or magnitude.

  6. climaxnoun


  7. climaxverb

    To reach or bring to a climax

  8. climaxverb

    To orgasm; to reach orgasm

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Climaxnoun

    Gradation; ascent: a figure in rhetorick, by which the sentence rises gradually; as Marcus Tullius Cicero says to Catiline, Thou do’st nothing, movest nothing, thinkest nothing; but I hear it, I see it, and perfectly understand it.

    Etymology: ϰλίμαξ.

    Choice between one excellency and another is difficult; and yet the conclusion, by a due climax, is evermore the best. John Dryden, Juv. Dedication.

    Some radiant Richmond every age has grac’d,
    Still rising in a climax, ’till the last,
    Surpassing all, is not to be surpast. George Granville.


  1. Climax

    Climax is a song by American R&B singer Usher. It was released on February 22, 2012, by RCA Records as the lead single from his 2012 studio album Looking 4 Myself. The song was written by Usher, Ariel Rechtshaid, Redd Stylez, and Diplo, who also produced the song. Usher and Diplo worked on the song for two months as part of their collaboration for the former's album. The song is a quiet storm slow jam with electronic influences, and lyrics about the turning point of a relationship. According to Usher, the song is primarily about the complications of a relationship, despite the lyrics' sexual overtones. As a single, "Climax" debuted at number 81 on the Billboard Hot 100, with 31,000 digital units sold in its first week. It peaked at number 17 and charted for 20 weeks, and also reached number one on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, becoming Usher's 12th number-one single on the chart. "Climax" was well received by music critics, who commended its musical direction, Usher's singing, and Diplo's production. Rolling Stone and Entertainment Weekly named it one of the best singles of 2012. In 2013, "Climax" won Usher a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance.


  1. climax

    A climax is the most intense, exciting or important point in a story, event or process where an action or situation culminates. It is usually the turning point or peak of the narrative which will often determine the final outcome. In a broader context, it could also refer to the most intense or highest point of an experience or phenomenon.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Climaxverb

    upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent

  2. Climaxverb

    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. Climaxverb

    the highest point; the greatest degree

  4. Etymology: [L., from Gr. ladder, staircase, fr. to make to bend, to lean. See Ladder, Lean, v. i.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Climax

    klī′maks, n. (rhet.) the arranging of the particulars of a portion of a discourse so as to rise in strength to the last: the last term of the rhetorical arrangement: a culmination.—v.i. to ascend in a climax: to culminate.—adjs. Climact′ic, -al, pertaining to a climax.—adv. Climact′ically. [Gr. klimax, a ladder—from klinein, to slope.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of climax in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of climax in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of climax in a Sentence

  1. The Weeknd:

    ' House of Balloons' literally changed the sound of pop music before my eyes, i heard' Climax,' that Usher song, and was like,' Holy f —, that's a Weeknd song.'.

  2. Zhong Nanshan:

    It is very difficult to definitely estimate when the outbreak reaches its peak. But I think in one week or about 10 days, it will reach the climax and then there will be no large-scale increases.

  3. Gynecological Endocrinology:

    Some women retain the ability to masturbate and climax across menopause because of higher androgen levels but maybe their sexual function with a partner is impaired due to many other reasons.

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