Definition of Culmination

1. Noun. A final climactic stage. "Their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development"

Exact synonyms: Apogee
Generic synonyms: Phase, Stage
Derivative terms: Culminate, Culminate, Culminate



2. Noun. (astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon.
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Generic synonyms: Celestial Point
Derivative terms: Culminate

3. Noun. The decisive moment in a novel or play. "The deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
Exact synonyms: Climax
Group relationships: Story
Generic synonyms: Instant, Minute, Moment, Second
Derivative terms: Climactic, Climax, Culminate, Culminate

4. Noun. A concluding action.

Definition of Culmination

1. n. The attainment of the highest point of altitude reached by a heavenly body; passage across the meridian; transit.

Definition of Culmination

1. Noun. (astronomy) The attainment of the highest point of altitude reached by a heavenly body; passage across the meridian; transit. ¹

2. Noun. Attainment or arrival at the highest pitch of glory, power, etc. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Culmination

1. [n -S]

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Literary usage of Culmination

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1. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"Keep the cross.hair pointed on the star until the culmination is reached. ... If Polaris is at upper culmination subtract from the true altitude the polar ..."

2. Spherical Astronomy by Franz Brünnow (1865)
"In consequence of the diurnal motion every star comes twice on a meridian of a place, namely in its upper culmination, when the sidereal time is equal to ..."

3. Geodetic Surveying and the Adjustment of Observations (method of Least Squares) by Edward Lovering Ingram (1911)
"Latitude by Culmination of Circumpolar Stars. ... The sidereal time of upper culmination for either star is the same as its right ascension (the exact value ..."

4. Geodetic Surveying and the Adjustment of Observations (methods of Least Squares) by Edward Lovering Ingram (1911)
"Latitude by Culmination of Circumpolar Stars. Stars having a polar distance (90° ... The sidereal time of upper culmination for either star is the ..."

5. A Treatise on Practical Astronomy, as Applied to Geodesy and Navigation by Charles Leander Doolittle (1890)
"By a circumpolar star observed at both upper and lower culmination. From (234) we have— For upper culmination <p = 6 — z; For lower culmination <p = 180° ..."

6. The Theory and Practice of Surveying: Designed for the Use of Surveyors and by John Butler Johnson (1904)
"The observation for latitude is made on such a star when it is at its upper or lower culmination, since it is then not changing its altitude, ..."

7. Text-book on Practical Astronomy by George Leonard Hosmer (1917)
"The approximate time when the star is at culmination may be obtained from Table V ... In the absence of any definite knowledge of the time of culmination, ..."

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