from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To reach the highest point or degree; climax: habitual antagonism that culminated in open hostility.
- intransitive v. To come to completion; end: Years of waiting culminated in a tearful reunion.
- intransitive v. Astronomy To reach the highest point above an observer's horizon. Used of stars and other celestial bodies.
- transitive v. To bring to the point of greatest intensity or to completion; climax: The ceremony culminated a long week of preparation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Of a heavenly body, to be at the highest point, reach its greatest altitude.
- v. To reach the (physical) summit, highest point, peak etc.
- v. To reach a climax; to come to the decisive point (especially as an end or conclusion).
- v. To finalize, bring to a conclusion, form the climax of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To reach its highest point of altitude; to come to the meridian; to be vertical or directly overhead.
- intransitive v. To reach the highest point, as of rank, size, power, numbers, etc.
- adj. Growing upward, as distinguished from a lateral growth; -- applied to the growth of corals.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To come to or be on the meridian; be in the highest point of altitude, as a star, or, according to the usage of astronomers, reach either the highest or the lowest altitude.
- To reach the highest point, apex, or summit, literally or figuratively.
- n. Growing upward, as distinguished from a lateral growth: applied to the growth of corals.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. bring to a head or to the highest point
- v. rise to, or form, a summit
- v. reach the highest or most decisive point
- v. end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage
- v. reach the highest altitude or the meridian, of a celestial body
Late Latin culmināre, culmināt-, from Latin culmen, culmin-, summit; see kel-2 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1647, from Medieval Latin culminatus, the past participle of culminare ("to crown"), from Latin culmen ("peak, the highest point"), older form columen ("top, summit"), from a Proto-Indo-European base *kel- "to project". (Wiktionary)