Culminate

Definition of Culminate

Cul´mi`nate   Pronunciation: kŭl´mĭ`nāt
v. i.1.To reach its highest point of altitude; to come to the meridian; to be vertical or directly overhead.
[imp. & p. p. Culminated (-nā`tĕd); p. pr. & vb. n. Culminating (-nā`tĭng.]
As when his beams at noon
Culminate from the equator.
- Milton.
2.To reach the highest point, as of rank, size, power, numbers, etc.
The reptile race culminated in the secondary era.
- Dana.
The house of Burgundy was rapidly culminating.
- Motley.
a.1.Growing upward, as distinguished from a lateral growth; - applied to the growth of corals.

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