Definitions for: Culminate


[v] end, esp. to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"
[v] rise to, or form, a summit; "The helmet culminated in a crest"
[v] bring to a head or to the highest point; "Seurat culminated pointillism"
[v] of a celestial body: reach its highest altitude or the meridian
[v] reach the highest or most decisive point



Webster (1913) Definition: Cul"mi*nate (k[u^]l"m[i^]*n[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p.
p. Culminated (-n[=a]`t[eucr]d); p. pr. & vb. n.
Culminating (-n[=a]`t[i^]ng.] [L. cuimen top or ridge. See
Column.]
1. To reach its highest point of altitude; to come to the
meridian; to be vertical or directly overhead.

As when his beams at noon Culminate from the
equator. --Milton.

2. To reach the highest point, as of rank, size, power,
numbers, etc.

The reptile race culminated in the secondary era.
--Dana.

The house of Burgundy was rapidly culminating.
--Motley.


Cul"mi*nate (k[u^]l"m[i^]*n[asl]t), a.
Growing upward, as distinguished from a lateral growth; --
applied to the growth of corals. --Dana.

Synonyms: climax

See Also: accomplish, achieve, arrive at, attain, attain, cease, crown, end, finish, form, gain, hit, make, reach, reach, shape, stop, terminate, top

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