arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; "the climax of the artist's career"; "in the flood tide of his success"
end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage; "The meeting culminated in a tearful embrace"
the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; "the climax of the artist's career"; "in the flood tide of his success"
also called the turning point, the third part of plot structure, the point at which the action stops rising and begins falling or reversing Close Window
The culminating stage in plant succession for a given site Climax vegetation is stable, self-maintaining, and self-reproducing
the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play"
In a story, the final confrontation; the part where the hero must either succeed or fail This is followed by the denouement For more details about various story points, see this essay on Story Structure
Rhetorically, a series of words, phrases, or sentences arranged in a continuously ascending order of intensity If the ascending order is not maintained, an anticlimax or bathos results Sidelight: The term is usually applied to the point of supreme interest in a series of thoughts or events, often the turning point of a play or narrative
the final stage in ecological succession that is able to persist in the absence of environmental change
the decisive moment in a novel or play; "the deathbed scene is the climax of the play" arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding; "the climax of the artist's career"; "in the flood tide of his success" the most severe stage of a disease
The culminating stage in plant succession for a given site where the vegetation has reached a highly stable condition over time and perpetuates itself unless disturbed by outside forces
The culmination stage in plant succession for a given site Climax vegetation is stable, self-maintaining, and self-reproducing
The turning point in a plot or dramatic action, especially one marking a change in the protagonists affairs
The climax of something is the most exciting or important moment in it, usually near the end. For Pritchard, reaching an Olympics was the climax of her career It was the climax to 24 hours of growing anxiety The last golf tournament of the European season is building up to a dramatic climax
The culminating stage in plant succession for a given site Most forests in the PNW are a Hemlock tree overstory climax forest, but because of natural fire, most forests are really a Douglas Fir overstory
(of plant communities) The final stage of succession that continues to occupy an area as long as climate and soil conditions remain unchanged A plant community that has reached a relatively stable condition in which it is able to reproduce itself indefinitely and under existing conditions A mature plant community
In classical ecological theory, the end point of the successional process; today, we refer instead to the stage of maturity reached when successional development shifts to dynamic change around an equilibrium point
An association of plants and animals that will prevail in the absence of disturbance
Mature stage of a forest during which biodiversity is great but net wood production small
Most advanced successional community of plants capable of development under, and in dynamic equilibrium with, the prevailing environment
The final or most mature plant community capable of perpetuation under the prevailing climate and soil conditions
the plants and animals in a given community that will persist in that community so long as conditions remain stable
means a stair (Greek), applied to the last of a gradation of arguments, each of which is stronger than the preceding The last of a gradation of words of a similar character is also called a climax The point of highest development In the very climax of his career he was stricken down - Chittenden: Recollections of Lincoln chap xlv p 454 Climb On the climb Under the hope of promotion Thomas Becket, after he became Cardinal-archbishop of Canterbury, was at the top of the tree, and no further promotion was in the power of the king to bestow Being no longer on the climb, he could set the king at defiance, and did do so
The event that climaxes a sequence of events is an exciting or important event that comes at the end. You can also say that a sequence of events climaxes with a particular event. The demonstration climaxed two weeks of strikes They've just finished a sell-out UK tour that climaxed with a three-night stint at Brixton Academy
[noun]; the result of the crisis, the high point of the story for the reader; frequently, it is the moment of the highest interest and greatest emotion, and is the point at which the outcome of the conflict can be predicted [Elements of Plot]
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