culmination

The culmination is the end point or final stage of something you've been working toward or something that's been building up. The culmination of your high school career, for example, should be graduation day — and probably not prom night.

A culmination isn't just the conclusion. It's the climax of the story, the final crowning achievement, the end result of years of research. “Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter,” said Charles Lindbergh, the first solo pilot to fly nonstop across the Atlantic — a feat that was surely the culmination of his aviation career.

Primary Meanings of culmination

1.
n
a concluding action
2.
n
(astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon
Full Definitions of culmination
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n a concluding action

Synonyms:
closing, completion, mop up, windup
Types:
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consummation
the act of bringing to completion or fruition
consummation
the completion of marriage by sexual intercourse
finish, finishing
the act of finishing
finalisation, finalization
the act of finalizing
follow-through
carrying some project or intention to full completion
follow-through
the act of carrying a stroke to its natural completion
graduation
the successful completion of a program of study
fruition, realisation, realization
something that is made real or concrete
fulfillment, fulfilment
the act of consummating something (a desire or promise etc)
close, closing curtain, finale, finis
the concluding part of any performance
Type of:
conclusion, ending, termination
the act of ending something

n a final climactic stage

“their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development”
Synonyms:
apogee
Type of:
phase, stage
any distinct time period in a sequence of events

n the decisive moment in a novel or play

Synonyms:
climax
Type of:
instant, minute, moment, second
a particular point in time
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n (astronomy) a heavenly body's highest celestial point above an observer's horizon

Type of:
celestial point
a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)

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