When something — like a movie or piece of music — reaches its most important or exciting part, that's the climax. A climax is a high point.

When you're on a roller coaster and you reach the highest point, that's the climax of the ride. This word is also used often in art and entertainment. In an adventure movie, there's usually a moment near the end when there's a lot of danger, suspense, and action — a point the whole movie has been building towards. That's the climax. After a climax, tension is released and things calm down. After a climax, you probably want to say "Whew!"

Definitions of climax

n the highest point of anything conceived of as growing or developing or unfolding

“the climax of the artist's career”
flood tide
Type of:
juncture, occasion
an event that occurs at a critical time

n the decisive moment in a novel or play

“the deathbed scene is the climax of the play”
Type of:
instant, minute, moment, second
a particular point in time

n the most severe stage of a disease

Type of:
degree, level, point, stage
a specific identifiable position in a continuum or series or especially in a process

n the moment of most intense pleasure in sexual intercourse

Type of:
the act of bringing to completion or fruition

n arrangement of clauses in ascending order of forcefulness

Type of:
rhetorical device
a use of language that creates a literary effect (but often without regard for literal significance)

v end, especially to reach a final or climactic stage

crown, top
be the culminating event
Type of:
cease, end, finish, stop, terminate
have an end, in a temporal, spatial, or quantitative sense; either spatial or metaphorical

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