Meaning of climax in English:


Pronunciation /ˈklʌɪmaks/

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  • 1The most intense, exciting, or important point of something; the culmination.

    ‘she was nearing the climax of her speech’
    • ‘a thrilling climax to the game’
    • ‘He used the word ‘journey’ again and again especially as the speech reached its climax.’
    • ‘On this note, this year's Arab summit ritual reached its climax.’
    • ‘Glover also provides the eerie guitar noodling and intense emotional climaxes.’
    • ‘At the end of this book we are given a look into the future lives and deaths of the characters - a satisfying way to end after the intense climax.’
    • ‘The only real complaint with Dark Water is with the disappointing epilogue that follows the intense climax.’
    • ‘It's hard to imagine more exciting climaxes than those three.’
    • ‘The tight Premier Division is heading towards an exciting climax.’
    • ‘The pope blessed the two crowns, and the ceremony reached its climax when Napoleon crowned himself and his wife Josephine.’
    • ‘Royalty was on hand at York Racecourse as the highlight of the May Meeting reached its climax on Knavesmire.’
    • ‘Only after four or five minutes does the music become loud, and then there is an intense climax, followed by a return to quiet strings, woodwinds and muted brass.’
    • ‘‘That day was a culmination, a climax, the end of a very long road,’ Lewis later wrote.’
    • ‘There is some lively melody, an intense climax, and a quiet ending to the movement, which is marked Lento.’
    • ‘There is a magical moment when an intense climax suddenly becomes a barely audible, hushed pianissimo.’
    • ‘Matters come to a head when the star is expelled from the team, leading to a climax at once disturbingly intense and morally dubious.’
    • ‘It was a cracking climax to an intense week of future fashion.’
    • ‘The first is a richly layered carpet of sound that swarms out from the speakers, each track picking up pace to an intense climax.’
    • ‘Beginning almost teasingly, it builds to a thrillingly intense climax, Cave screaming that he's not afraid to die.’
    • ‘After all, failure to do so could leave them as hapless bystanders in a game of musical chairs which may be nearing its climax.’
    • ‘The culmination of that was an uplifting climax heightened by the emotional residue of what had gone before.’
    • ‘The match delivered an exciting climax after a total of 550 runs were scored by both teams but the result was not what South African fans wanted.’
    peak, pinnacle, height, high point, highest point, summit, top
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    1. 1.1An orgasm.
      ‘Ejaculation is normally the climax in a male orgasm.’
      • ‘Sexual climax or orgasm is the healthy, normal, inevitable, outcome of the three preceding stages.’
      • ‘Use this information as the basis for achieving a strong sexual climax and ejaculate.’
      • ‘Besides, so-called G-spot orgasms are different than clitoral climaxes.’
      • ‘I want to make you know about sex, to feel thrilling climaxes.’
      • ‘For a man, sex instinctively is a testosterone drive toward the ultimate release of climax.’
      • ‘The term ‘orgasm’ - derived from ‘organ’, meaning to grow ripe, swell, or be lustful - is applied equally to the sexual climaxes of women and men.’
      • ‘Dodd and I weren't the type that made love every night and attempted to have climaxes and get kids.’
      • ‘He engages in foreplay, but suffers panic attacks before the climax.’
      orgasm, sexual climax
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    2. 1.2Ecology The final stage in a succession in a given environment, at which a plant community reaches a state of equilibrium.
      as modifier ‘near the equator the tropical rainforest is the climax vegetation’
      • ‘a mixed hardwood climax forest’
      • ‘Eventually, hardwood trees invade and replace the pines, forming the hardwood climax community.’
      • ‘He instructed Shenandoah officials to restore the Blue Ridge's climax community as it existed before humans impacted the environment.’
      • ‘Established climax pecan forests became the first commercial pecan production groves in the mid-1800s.’
      • ‘Previous authors have suggested some oak communities represent edaphic climaxes on poor, droughty soils.’
      • ‘Here we've got climax community growing on fantastic soils and it's very tall, certainly up towards 50 metres some of the tallest trees.’
    3. 1.3Rhetoric A sequence of propositions or ideas in order of increasing importance, force, or effectiveness of expression.
      ‘First-rate writers don't need to create plotty ‘suspense’ in order to achieve their moral climaxes.’
      • ‘The climax forces the audience to challenge their previous judgments and provides a short sharp twist in this story that captures the imagination.’
      • ‘Sudden lurches and climaxes and rolling tympani increase the tension.’
      • ‘The climax offers a surprisingly effective final sequence, making even the typical hurry-up-before-time-runs-out device pay off.’
      • ‘Kamal said only the climax sequence had to be shot.’


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  • 1Culminate in an exciting or impressive event; reach a climax.

    ‘the day climaxed with a gala concert’
    • ‘The event climaxed with a band concert given by The Dragoon Guards, at a sunset ceremony in Imphal Barracks.’
    • ‘Their first year climaxed with the Kinshasa newspaper Elima naming the band the best orchestra, Wemba best singer, and their single, ‘Mere Superieure,’ best song.’
    • ‘The highlight of the concert was the Indian composition, ‘Stimulation’, a beautiful piece that climaxed with a deluge of percussion.’
    • ‘The Scarborough Winter Golf Alliance climaxed with victory for Scarborough South Cliff GC in the season's final fixture at Driffield.’
    • ‘The show climaxed with Bento, a sharply critical number about corrupt government officials and businesspeople.’
    • ‘He was involved in a first-minute move that climaxed with Healy heading past Davis, but was frustrated to see the effort ruled out for offside.’
    • ‘The evening climaxed with a medley of favourites which satiated fans of his back catalogue.’
    • ‘The race climaxed with a final ski station finish at Artesina, after a tough nine-mile climb.’
    • ‘His contribution climaxed with the comment, referring to those surrounding him on the podium, ‘With such people leading us, we can never win.’’
    • ‘The feud between these two wrestling legends climaxed with a wild ‘I Quit’ match at Clash of Champions IX.’
    • ‘This climaxed with the attack on Dresden in February 1945.’
    • ‘The full extent of the conflict between Inah and her mother-in-law climaxed with Inah's sorcery accusation.’
    • ‘In February 1998, he delivered a rousing speech in Kiev's Hall of Deputies that climaxed with a plea to privatize the telephone system.’
    • ‘The carping began with a Pissarro purchased in 1905 and climaxed with the refusal of Delacroix's Les Naches in 1955.’
    • ‘The series will then climax with an exciting live event where the public will determine which of the ten finalists most merits restoration.’
    • ‘The day's spectacular events were climaxing with a torchlit procession and a floodlit battle in the shadow of Clifford's Tower.’
    • ‘The day-long event climaxed at 7pm when organisers called on demonstrators to clasp hands and sing ‘Hatikvah,’ the national anthem.’
    • ‘During one production, his montage-style assault upon the audience's senses climaxed with fireworks planted under their chairs exploding.’
    • ‘This resulted in a number of spectacular mountain-building events which climaxed about the Early Miocene.’
    • ‘The bulk of African medals came from the long distance events, climaxing in a third world title for Morocco's Hicham El Guerrouj in the 1500m.’
    culminate, peak, come to a climax, reach a pinnacle, come to a crescendo
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    1. 1.1with object Bring (something) to a climax.
      ‘three goals in the last two minutes climaxed a thrilling game’
      • ‘But for a lot more others, the build-up to the red day begins this weekend with a movie before climaxing it next Tuesday with dinner.’
      • ‘For openers, the Farley Hill presentation climaxing the week-long festival was spread over two days.’
      • ‘It was a lovely affair, climaxing a series of dinners, receptions and gab-fests among old friends.’
      • ‘And they revere anybody who climaxes their complaint with an escape from Washington.’
      • ‘More films get unspooled much to the delight of film buffs of the twin cities as the British film festival climaxes this weekend.’
      • ‘Anderson's inclusion in the 15-man squad climaxes a meteoric rise to fame.’
      • ‘He climaxed his interrogation by asking what was wrong with a team full of foreigners being owned by a foreigner.’
      • ‘The score climaxed a great comeback by Holycross who looked set for a shock defeat when trailing by six points six minutes from the end.’
      • ‘This climaxed a process that registered a huge failure against the Basdeo Panday leadership record.’
      • ‘Today's 21st and final stage, a 138 kilometre circuit race in the centre of Paris, will also climax a day of celebrations of cycling in the capital.’
      • ‘He turned and crossed in the one movement and O'Flynn, at the near post, volleyed an exquisite goal to climax a compelling performance.’
      • ‘Although a bloody battle climaxes the film, one hardly remembers the war scenes.’
      • ‘In 1992, the controversial singer climaxed a performance on NBC's Saturday Night Live by crying, ‘Fight the real enemy!’’
      • ‘Middleton climaxed her routine by performing full splits.’
      • ‘The distress off camera contributed to the tenor of Taylor's scenes, especially the halting monologue that climaxes the film.’
      • ‘God that he is, Jupiter has the locution that climaxes the wit pervading the play.’
      • ‘Bands from all over the north filled the Bridgewater Hall with sounds of brass at an all-day festival which climaxed months of hard work for hundreds of musicians.’
      • ‘The engagement climaxed a campaign begun when Confederate army forces entered Kentucky earlier that summer.’
      • ‘Godard begins Contempt with a vision of cinema as movement as order, and he climaxes it with a vision of life as stasis as disorder.’
      • ‘And the mother-of-one has been asked to open a garden party which will climax the reunion event on Saturday, July 10.’
    2. 1.2Have an orgasm.
      ‘While ejaculation offered proof that a man had reached climax, a female orgasm was confirmed by physiological measurements such as heart rate and anal pressure.’
      • ‘Is it me he is thinking of when he climaxes, or them?’
      • ‘Sipski and Alexander reported that 11 of 25 women with all levels of spinal injury were able to climax.’
      • ‘And they're not enjoying their orgasms, or they're finding it very difficult to climax.’
      • ‘After all, the amount of time it takes a person to climax depends on the partner and the circumstances.’
      • ‘Many are unable to climax or only able to climax with the use of a vibrator.’
      • ‘What if I involuntarily close my eyes while climaxing?’
      • ‘For some reason, I'm having trouble climaxing when we have sex.’
      • ‘There is also evidence that the uptake of sperm is increased when a woman climaxes.’
      • ‘Is my difficulty in climaxing a physical problem or a mental one?’
      • ‘However, she climaxed several times that first night, and continues to be multi-orgasmic whenever we have sex.’
      • ‘Some women would say they would like to climax every time, but feel they cannot expect or ask their male partner to satisfy their needs every time.’
      • ‘A man may face delayed ejaculation because he is worried that he did not climax last time and is thus distracted from taking pleasure in the sensations.’
      have an orgasm, achieve orgasm, reach orgasm
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Mid 16th century (in rhetoric): from late Latin, from Greek klimax ‘ladder, climax’. The sense ‘culmination’ arose in the late 18th century.