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English noun: culmination

1. culmination (time) a final climactic stage

SamplesTheir achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development.


Broader (hypernym)phase, stage

2. culmination (location) (astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon

Broader (hypernym)celestial point

Domain categoryastronomy, uranology

3. culmination (communication) the decisive moment in a novel or play

SamplesThe deathbed scene is the climax of the play.


Broader (hypernym)instant, minute, moment, second

Part meronymstory

4. culmination (act) a concluding action

Synonymsclosing, completion, mop up, windup

Broader (hypernym)conclusion, ending, termination

Narrower (hyponym)consummation, consummation, finalisation, finalization, finish, finishing, follow-through, follow-through, graduation

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