culmination

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n culmination a concluding action
    • n culmination the decisive moment in a novel or play "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
    • n culmination (astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon
    • n culmination a final climactic stage "their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Western Electric successfully brought sound to motion pictures and introduced systems of mobile communications which culminated in the cellular telephone.
    • Culmination Attainment or arrival at the highest pitch of glory, power, etc.
    • Culmination The attainment of the highest point of altitude reached by a heavenly body; passage across the meridian; transit.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n culmination The position of a heavenly body when it is on the meridian; the attainment by a star of its highest or lowest altitude on any day.
    • n culmination The highest point or summit; the top; the act or fact of reaching the highest point: used especially in figurative senses.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Culmination act of culminating: the top:
    • n Culmination (astron.) transit of a body across the meridian or highest point for the day
    • ***

Quotations

  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Action should culminate in wisdom.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F.culmination,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. culmināre, from L. culmen, properly columen, a summit.

Usage

In literature:

There was a culminating growth of irritation on board the Merrie Monarch.
"Cumner & South Sea Folk, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Four years of tension were culminating.
"The Translation of a Savage, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
In this grotto I had found the culmination of all happiness.
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" by James De Mille
The sobbing and laughter went on till it culminated in a shrill scream.
"The People Of The Mist" by H. Rider Haggard
Since he died, the friendship of our families has culminated in a marriage between our children.
"Military Reminiscences of the Civil War V1" by Jacob Dolson Cox
Trouble again arose in Macedonia twenty years after Pydna, culminating in what is sometimes called the FOURTH MACEDONIAN WAR (149-146).
"History of Rome from the Earliest times down to 476 AD" by Robert F. Pennell
At the end of the eighth day came the culmination of it all.
"Across the Years" by Eleanor H. Porter
See the Bourbons; starting with Henry IV., they have their culminating point in Louis XIV.
"The Companions of Jehu" by Alexandre Dumas, père
What grotesque train of thought could have culminated in such a sinister idea!
"The Fighting Chance" by Robert W. Chambers
It was the culmination of a plot, with some reason behind more important than ordinary robbery.
"Keith of the Border" by Randall Parrish
***

In poetry:

"Nay," you cry in bitter protest,
"Shall man have no perfect end,
No millennial culmination,
Toward which all the ages tend?
"Discouragement" by John Lawson Stoddard
But come from Nature's long and harmless throes—peacefully builded
thence,
These virgin lands—Lands of the Western Shore,
To the new Culminating Man—to you, the Empire New,
You, promis'd long, we pledge, we dedicate.
"Song Of The Redwood-Tree" by Walt Whitman
At saeva e speculis tempus dea nacta nocendi,
Ardua tecta petit, stabuli et de culmine summo
Pastorale canit signum, cornuque recurvo
Tartaream intendit vocem, qua protinus omne
Contremuit nemus, et silvae intonuere profundae.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno

In news:

Nearly 450 girls, culminating a 12-week Girls on the Run training program, participated in the 5k run today at Saluda Shoals Park.
To culminate this year's faculty and staff conference, Albany State University held a community carnival and business expo.
The festival culminated in an evening concert in which each school's choir performed separately and then the combined Festival Choir demonstrated the skills they had acquired in that short time, at Heywood's direction.
Darrell Bailey, better known as " Clipper Darrell," had a very public split with the team Wednesday, culminating with the revelation that he'll no longer use the team nickname as his own.
KU event planner's year culminates in commencement .
Building Common Ground ' events Culminate Nov 8.
Throughout the course of the cross country season, Socorro High's Jocelyn Caro was a model of consistency , culminating in a stellar 11th-place finish at the Class 5A state cross country meet in November.
Raley's workers struck the company for the first time in its 77-year history after more than a year of talks, culminating with three days of marathon negotiations.
Months of talk about scheduling a crime summit in Reading culminated Monday afternoon when staffers of Gov Tom Corbett said he would be available to attend Jan 18, and local officials immediately set about planning the summit.
OKLAHOMA CITY — When the Duncan Lady Demons earned a berth in the state tournament, it was the culmination of a season-long dream for every member of the squad.
The companies will produce one opera a year from the cycle culminating in a presentation of the full cycle in 2010.
A musical performance will be the culmination of activities at 7 pm Sunday, July 15.
Frightening rise in domestic violence cases culminates in killings.
The band just concluded its first-ever European headlining tour, which kicked off in Sweden and culminated with a festival appearance in Tønsberg, Norway .
Starting with an overview of digital and variable-data printing and culminating with an extensive glossary, this handbook addresses a wide range of topics to help.
***

In science:

They may be scheduled statically such that once an assignment is made it is retained until the culmination of the task or dynamically permitting the system to automatically migrate, suspend, and reinitiate tasks for best system throughput by load balancing.
Cluster Computing White Paper
Searches for CP violation in the lepton sector could culminate in a complete theory of leptogenesis.
Conference Summary
Ox and Oy are parallel to O’x and O’y at the position of closest approach (culmination) of O’ to C.
Proposal for a Satellite-Borne Experiment to Test Relativity of Simultaneity in Special Relativity
Clocks in S and S’ are synchronised at t = t′ = 0 at culmination, where the coordinates of O’ in S are: (x,y,z) = (0,H ,D) and the relative velocity of S and S’ is v .
Proposal for a Satellite-Borne Experiment to Test Relativity of Simultaneity in Special Relativity
Thus ∆t is essentially independent of the distance between the satellites and the ground station at culmination.
Proposal for a Satellite-Borne Experiment to Test Relativity of Simultaneity in Special Relativity
***