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"
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
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
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
(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
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
[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]
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
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 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
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