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 Dictionary entry overview: What does culmination mean? 

  The noun CULMINATION has 4 senses:

1. a final climactic stage
2. (astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon
3. the decisive moment in a novel or play
4. a concluding action

  Familiarity information: CULMINATION used as a noun is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1culmination [BACK TO TOP]


A final climactic stage

Classified under:

Nouns denoting time and temporal relations


apogee; culmination

Context example:

their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development

Hypernyms ("culmination" is a kind of...):

phase; stage (any distinct time period in a sequence of events)

Sense 2culmination [BACK TO TOP]


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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Hypernyms ("culmination" is a kind of...):

celestial point (a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere))

Domain category:

astronomy; uranology (the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies and the universe as a whole)

Sense 3culmination [BACK TO TOP]


The decisive moment in a novel or play

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents


climax; culmination

Context example:

the deathbed scene is the climax of the play

Hypernyms ("culmination" is a kind of...):

instant; minute; moment; second (a particular point in time)

Holonyms ("culmination" is a part of...):

story (a piece of fiction that narrates a chain of related events)

Sense 4culmination [BACK TO TOP]


A concluding action

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


mop up; windup; completion; culmination; closing

Hypernyms ("culmination" is a kind of...):

conclusion; ending; termination (the act of ending something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "culmination"):

consummation (the act of bringing to completion or fruition)

consummation (the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse)

finish; finishing (the act of finishing)

finalisation; finalization (the act of finalizing)

follow-through (carrying some project or intention to full completion)

follow-through (the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion)

graduation (the successful completion of a program of study)

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