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culmination (n.)

1630s, in astronomy/astrology, "position of a heavenly body when it is on the meridian," from French culmination, noun of action from past participle stem of Late Latin culminare "to top, to crown," from Latin culmen (genitive culminis) "top, peak, summit, roof, gable," also used figuratively, contraction of columen "top, summit" (from PIE root *kel- (2) "to be prominent; hill"). Figurative sense of "highest point or summit" is from 1650s.

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Definitions of culmination

culmination (n.)
a final climactic stage;
their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development
Synonyms: apogee
culmination (n.)
(astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon;
culmination (n.)
the decisive moment in a novel or play;
Synonyms: climax
culmination (n.)
a concluding action;
Synonyms: completion / closing / windup / mop up
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