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Definitions for culmination
ˌkʌl məˈneɪ ʃəncul·mi·na·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. apogee, culminationnoun

    a final climactic stage

    "their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development"

  2. culminationnoun

    (astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon

  3. climax, culminationnoun

    the decisive moment in a novel or play

    "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"

  4. completion, culmination, closing, windup, mop upnoun

    a concluding action


  1. culminationnoun

    The attainment of the highest point of altitude reached by a heavenly body; passage across the meridian; transit.

  2. culminationnoun

    Attainment or arrival at the highest pitch of glory, power, etc.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Culminationnoun

    The transit of a planet through the meridian.

    Etymology: from culminate.


  1. Culmination

    In observational astronomy, culmination is the passage of a celestial object (such as the Sun, the Moon, a planet, a star, constellation or a deep-sky object) across the observer's local meridian. These events were also known as meridian transits, used in timekeeping and navigation, and measured precisely using a transit telescope. During each day, every celestial object appears to move along a circular path on the celestial sphere due to the Earth's rotation creating two moments when it crosses the meridian. Except at the geographic poles, any celestial object passing through the meridian has an upper culmination, when it reaches its highest point (the moment when it is nearest to the Zenith), and nearly twelve hours later, is followed by a lower culmination, when it reaches its lowest point (nearest to the Nadir). The time of culmination (when the object culminates) is often used to mean upper culmination.An object's altitude (A) in degrees at its upper culmination is equal to 90 minus the observer's latitude (L) plus the object's declination (δ): A = 90° − L + δ.


  1. culmination

    Culmination refers to the highest or final point in a process, event, or achievement. It signifies the peak or climax, often representing the end result or outcome of a series of actions or developments.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Culminationnoun

    the attainment of the highest point of altitude reached by a heavently body; passage across the meridian; transit

  2. Culminationnoun

    attainment or arrival at the highest pitch of glory, power, etc

  3. Etymology: [Cf. F.culmination]


  1. Culmination

    In astronomy, the culmination of a planet, star, constellation, etc. is the altitude reached when the object transits over an observer's meridian. During a sidereal day, an astronomical object will cross the meridian twice: once at its upper culmination, when it is at its highest point as seen from the earth, and once at its lower culmination, its lowest point. Often, culmination is used to mean upper culmination. The altitude of an object in degrees at its upper culmination is equal to, where L is the observer's latitude and D is the object's declination Generally, the sun is visible at its upper culmination and not visible at its lower culmination. But during winter near the North Pole, the sun is below the horizon at both of its culminations. In most of the northern hemisphere, Polaris, the "North Star", and the rest of the stars of the constellation Ursa Minor can be seen to rotate around the celestial pole and are all visible at both culminations, as long as the sky is dark enough. Such stars, which never set at the observer's location are described as being circumpolar. These three examples illustrate all three cases, dependent on the latitude of the observer and the declination of the celestial body.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. culmination

    In nautical astronomy, is the transit or passage of any celestial body over the meridian of a place.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of culmination in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of culmination in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of culmination in a Sentence

  1. The House managers:

    After spending months propagating the lie that the 2020 election had been stolen from him, President Trump summoned his supporters to a rally in Washington on January 6, against this backdrop, President Trump addressed a crowd that he knew was armed and primed for violence. He falsely raged to the crowd that the Joint Session was the culmination of a treasonous plot to destroy America. He exhorted his supporters to.

  2. Phil Stone:

    It's the culmination of what we have been working for.

  3. John Tory:

    This championship is the culmination of years of patience, support, devotion and belief. Toronto has proven that it is a basketball city and that the game thrives in The North.

  4. Kane Ray:

    Most aircraft have teething problems, and in most cases, these are eradicated. Very rarely, these issues cause disasters -- largely because of a culmination of factors that lead to the event.

  5. Jen Psaki:

    President Biden has, of course, spoken repeatedly about how the former president abused his office, undermined the Constitution and ignored his oath to the American people in an effort to amass more power for himself and his allies, he sees Jan. 6 as a tragic culmination of what those four years under President Trump did to our country.

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    (used of persons) bound to a tract of land; hence their service is transferable from owner to owner
    A ambidextrous
    B appellative
    C adscripted
    D aculeate

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