What does culmination mean?

Definitions for culminationˌkʌl məˈneɪ ʃən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word culmination.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. apogee, culmination(noun)

    a final climactic stage

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

  2. culmination(noun)

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

  3. climax, culmination(noun)

    the decisive moment in a novel or play

    "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"

  4. completion, culmination, closing, windup, mop up(noun)

    a concluding action


  1. culmination(Noun)

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

  2. culmination(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Culmination(noun)

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

  2. Culmination(noun)

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

  3. Origin: [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.


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Charlie Bracken:

    This is the culmination of a long journey.

  2. Phil Stone:

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

  3. Michael Keating:

    This is the culmination of almost six months of intense consultations.

  4. William Gadoury:

    It would be the culmination of three years of work and the dream of lifetime.

  5. Sam Smith:

    It was the culmination of probably too many drinks in the pub where there was a conversation about names.

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