climax

Definitions

  • Amy capped the climax by putting a clothes-pin on her nose
    Amy capped the climax by putting a clothes-pin on her nose
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v climax end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"
    • n climax the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse
    • n climax the decisive moment in a novel or play "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
    • n climax arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness
    • n climax the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding "the climax of the artist's career","in the flood tide of his success"
    • n climax the most severe stage of a disease
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Climax (Rhet) A figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness. "“Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, and experience hope” -- a happy climax ."
    • Climax The highest point; the greatest degree. "We must look higher for the climax of earthly good."
    • Climax Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n climax In rhetoric, originally, such an arrangement of successive clauses that the last important word of one is repeated as the first important word of the next; accumulated epanastrophe; hence (since this arrangement is generally adopted for the sake of graduated increase in force or emphasis), a figure by which a series of clauses or phrases is so arranged that each in turn surpasses the preceding one in intensity of expression or importance of meaning. See anticlimax. An example of climax in both its earlier and its established meaning is found in the following passage: “We glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; and patience, experience; and experience, hope; and hope maketh not ashamed.” Rom. v. 3, 4.
    • n climax In logic: A sorites, or chain of reasoning.
    • n climax The sophism called sorites (which see).
    • n climax The highest point of intensity, development, etc.; the culmination; acme: as, he was then at the climax of his fortunes.
    • climax To reach the highest point or climax; culminate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Climax klī′maks (rhet.) the arranging of the particulars of a portion of a discourse so as to rise in strength to the last: the last term of the rhetorical arrangement: a culmination
    • v.i Climax to ascend in a climax: to culminate
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Quotations

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    “One of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax.”
  • Lord Byron
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    “Dreading that climax of all human ills the inflammation of his weekly bills.”
  • J. Donald Walters
    J. Donald Walters
    “Happiness is not a brilliant climax to years of grim struggle and anxiety. It is a long succession of little decisions simply to be happy in the moment.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., from Gr. ladder, staircase, fr. to make to bend, to lean. See Ladder Lean (v. i.)

Usage

In literature:

Of course Jennie's departure from Cleveland brought the affairs of the Gerhardt family to a climax.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
This was the climax of strain for Pan.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
The real climax was to come after all.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
As a climax, marriage had "happened" to him, and he was braced for whatever might happen next.
"Rope" by Holworthy Hall
The climax came when he asked to be excused from the Moore cotillion because he had three other dances for that week.
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The big Earp-Clanton feud was nearing its climax.
"When the West Was Young" by Frederick R. Bechdolt
The previous night had furnished the climax, a painful climax, to all he had learned of his brother's doings, of his brother's guilt.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
All things seem to work confusedly for evil, and this caps the climax of Ecclesiastes's misery.
"Old Groans and New Songs" by F. C. Jennings
The rhododendrons were at the climax of their June glory.
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I fancy Juffrouw Laps would have made a pretty face if she had learned of this interpretation of her mysterious climax.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
He had been in the way of cruel training with these men, but the climax woke him up.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Distress reached its climax.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Cesar Franck looked forward to a Symphony as the climax of his career.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
Herewith go three more chapters of the wretched History; as you see, I approach the climax.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 25 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Mass meetings, preliminary games and final practice were over and everything now awaited the climax of the season.
"The Mark of the Knife" by Clayton H. Ernst
In Russian music alone may be found a parallel to his poignant pathos and gloomy imaginings and shuddering climaxes.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
It was a curious thing to see, in the heart of the great man's admiring circle, at the climax of his most successful party of the year.
"The Wishing Moon" by Louise Elizabeth Dutton
At the departure of the patriarch from our shores, the feelings of his converts reached their climax.
"A History of the English Church in New Zealand" by Henry Thomas Purchas
We've got to a climax and he comes in at the door.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
That climax was at hand, but she was not yet ready for it.
"Clover and Blue Grass" by Eliza Calvert Hall
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In poetry:

Nimble as a noun,
He catabpults in air;
A planetary swoon
Could climax his career.
"Verbal Calisthenics" by Sylvia Plath
The climax came - one fatal evening
For my latchkey I started to forage
Through the keyhole I yelled to Tallulah
"Has anyone been at my porridge?"
"The Infernal Triangle" by Billy Bennett
Yet was it not that day of Fate,
Of cruelty insane,
Climaxing centuries of hate
That woke our souls to pain!
And are we not the living seed
Of those who did the deed!
"A Rusty Nail" by Robert W Service
Ah, Life, you may torture my soul, betray me,
The right is yours, as Lover and Lord.
And when in the climax of all, you slay me,
My lips in dying will seek your sword.
"Oh, Life, I Have Taken You For My Lover!" by Laurence Hope
Into all the onward current and this iron time that feels
Its own way with din and clamour through this century of ours
Come I, while the toiling planet like some stricken monster reels
In an overheat to reach the very climax of its powers.
"In The Vanguard" by Alexander Anderson
Proud as a prince was Billie, bang in the footlights' glare,
And quaking for him was Millie, as she followed every word;
Then just as he reached the climax, ranting and sawing the air -
Ugh! How it makes me shudder! The horrible thing occurred…
"The Ballad Of The Leather Medal" by Robert W Service

In news:

From the downtown area in the Village of Climax to Climax -Scotts Community School, vehicles and people lined Main Street late Monday morning.
Every scene is all climax and no foreplay.
Drake Recycles Elle ' Climax ' Quote in GQ.
A public outcry has persuaded the US Forest Service to ditch commercial logging plans that threatened Climax Spring in Rockcastle County.
Well, it figured that one of the weirdest weeks ever in Washington State football would be climaxed by a madcap finish.
Climax native to enter Atlanta Country Music Hall of Honor.
The latest opus by this electronic-music hero is a state-of-the-art symphony that opens with the bustling "Guilford Avenue Bridge" and climaxes with a four-part "USA" suite.
Sawyer takes his series to the inevitable climax.
Further thanks that the climax was quick and clean.
In the movie's climax, thugs try to throw her out of the factory.
As you might remember, in the final scene set in the Roman Colosseum the evil emperor having wounded the gladiator-hero while the hero was immobilized in chains, then fights the thus disadvantaged hero in the dramatic climax.
Other than its hilarious climax, in which all the strings of the farce come together in a brilliant tour de force, perhaps the best scene in Crazy, Stupid Love comes when Ryan Gosling tries, with limited success, to seduce Emma Stone.
Climax celebrates Flag Day .
A young mother of five said she will never forgive herself for beating her 2-year-old daughter because she was struggling with potty training in an angry attack that climaxed with her gluing the toddler's hands to the wall.
DALLAS (AP) — A young mother of five said she will never forgive herself for beating her 2-year-old daughter because she was struggling with potty training in an angry attack that climaxed with her gluing the toddler's hands to the wall.
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In science:

The matter came to a climax at the time of La Thuille 2000 conference when the SM fit of the whole set of available electroweak precision data became absolutely perfect: χ2 /nd.o.f . ≈ 15/14.
Extra Generations, Discrepancies of Electroweak Precision Data and Mass of the Higgs
To relate to Cosmic Ray flux variations, we use the ionchamber data and the neutron monitor data in Climax quoted in Svensmark .
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Together with the ratio of the fluxes in Climax and in Huancayo/Haleakala , one can obtain that the 0.2◦K drop correlated with an increase of about 1.5% in the CR flux at Huancayo/Haleakala that presumably is responsible for the cloud cover effect.
The Spiral Structure of the Milky Way, Cosmic Rays, and Ice Age Epochs on Earth
Moreover, the index has crossed over the resisting L8 line and has continued to elevate towards the climax, as can be observed in Fig. 11.
Analysis of the trends in the index of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
However, this claim was revised as “Perhaps these fluctuations signal a transition to a different regime, to be seen in the coming years” in . The Dow has risen and formed the climax after those papers have been published and fallen to test the prices lower than $7000 in March 2009.
Analysis of the trends in the index of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
It seems that the prices close to the line L3 in 2008 and those in the beginning of 2009 at a level of around $12,000, and those around the historical climax of $14,160 at 09 Dec 2007 can be taken as the left shoulder (SL) and head (H) of that potential SHS formation, respectively.
Analysis of the trends in the index of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
If the prices do not ascend afterwards considerably, which is weakly possible due to the recent news about the weak rates of USA and global economy, then, the current behavior may be taken as the right shoulder (SH) the local climax of which has occurred on 29 Apr 2011 at $12810.54; see Fig. 14.
Analysis of the trends in the index of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)
After all this discussions, now we can get to its climax. I am about to promote the quest of interpreting quantum theory to a whole new level, that will give us a new insight on how or what the interpretation of quantum theory is supposed to be.
On the Nature of Reality
There are also the cadence and the climax. A cadence is a melodic or harmonic configuration that creates a sense of repose or resolution such as a final ending to a musical section, and a climax is the most intense and emotional part of a phrase (though not necessarily the highest or the loudest tone).
Music in Terms of Science
Over the last decade, several quantum optical demonstrations of feedback techniques have been achieved, climaxing with the recent, spectacular stabilisation of photon number states in a cavity QED set-up , and enhanced optical phase estimation .
Feedback control in quantum optics: an overview of experimental breakthroughs and areas of application
Douglas, and M O’Loughlin, “Are horned particles the climax of Hawking evaporation?” Phys.
Toy Models For Black Hole Evaporation
In compliance with our requirements this function is normalized by one, the climax of the creative activity falling on the time t = t/γ .
Schrodinger's cat and the problem of two cultures
However, compact maser emission discovered in subsequent VLBI observations produced conflicts with the standard model, conflicts that reached their climax around the time of the previous maser meeting (Lonsdale 2002).
Recent Developments in Maser Theory
The study in this respect began at the very beginning of the 20th century; while a climax appeared in the last 1950-70’s.
Observability Estimate for Stochastic Schroedinger Equations
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