Culmination Cul"mi*na"tion (k[u^]l`m?-n?"sh?n), n. [Cf. F.culmination] 1. The attainment of the highest point of altitude reached by a heavenly body; passage across the meridian; transit. [1913 Webster]

2. Attainment or arrival at the highest pitch of glory, power, etc. [1913 Webster]

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  • culmination — [ kylminasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • v. 1600 fig.; lat. culminatio, de culminare → culminer ♦ Astron. Passage d un astre à son point culminant. ● culmination nom féminin Chacun des deux points du méridien d un lieu en lesquels passe quotidiennement un astre,… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • culmination — (n.) 1630s, from Fr. culmination, noun of action from L.L. culminare (see CULMINATE (Cf. culminate)). Originally a term in astronomy/astrology; figurative use is from 1650s …   Etymology dictionary

  • Culmination — (v. lat.), 1) die höchste Erhebung eines Himmelskörpers über den Horizont, bei seiner scheinbaren täglichen Bewegung von Ost nach West. Es entspricht solche dem Moment, wenn ein Stern (Sonne od. Mond mit ihrem Mittelpunkt) durch den Meridian… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Culmination — Culmination, in der Astronomie der Durchgang eines Gestirns durch den Meridian oder Mittagskreis des Beobachters; das Gestirn hat in diesem Augenblicke die größte Höhe, den höchsten Punkt seines Tagbogens (culmen arcus diurni) erreicht, »es… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • culmination — I noun acme, apex, apogee, cap, climax, crest, crown, crowning touch, head, height, highest point, peak, pinnacle, summit, top, topmost point, utmost height, zenith II index ceiling, conclusion (outcome), consequence ( …   Law dictionary

  • culmination — CULMINATION. s. f. Terme d Astronomie. Moment du passage d un astre par le méridien …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • culmination — фр. [кюльминасьо/н], англ. [калминэ/йшн] culminazione ит. [кульминацио/нэ] кульминация …   Словарь иностранных музыкальных терминов

  • culmination — peak, climax, apex, acme, *summit, pinnacle, meridian, zenith, apogee …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • culmination — [n] conclusion; climactic stage acme, all the way*, apex, apogee, blow off*, capper*, climax, completion, consummation, critical mass, crown, crowning touch, finale, finish, height, limit, maximum, meridian, ne plus ultra, noon, payoff, peak,… …   New thesaurus

  • culmination — [kul΄mə nā′shən] n. 1. a culminating; reaching of the highest or lowest altitude or point 2. the highest point; zenith; climax …   English World dictionary

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