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climax

 [kli´maks]
the period of greatest intensity, as in the course of a disease.

cli·max

(klī'maks),
1. The height or acme of a disease; its stage of greatest severity.
2. Synonym(s): orgasm
[G. klimax, staircase]

climax

/cli·max/ (kli´maks) the period of greatest intensity, as in the course of a disease (crisis), or in sexual excitement (orgasm).

climax

[klī′maks]
Etymology: Gk, klimax, ladder
a peak of intensity, such as a sexual orgasm or the high point of a fever.

climax

The peak of an orgasm; the point in time when a (sexual) sensation is the greatest.

climax

Orgasm, see there.

cli·max

(klī'maks)
1. The height or acme of a disease; its stage of greatest severity.
2. Synonym(s): orgasm.
[G. klimax, staircase]

climax

1. A point of maximal intensity in a progression of events.
2. An ORGASM.

climax

a plant community that has reached stability and is in equilibrium with the climatic conditions appertaining at the time; for example, oak woodland in Britain. A SUCCESSION of climaxes resulting from climatic change is called a clisere, though some climax communities are the result of human interference; for example, the felling of woodland has resulted in the loss of the oak woodland, the natural climax community in lowland Britain, and of the pine forest which is the natural climax in the Highlands of Scotland.

cli·max

(klī'maks)
1. The height or acme of a disease; its stage of greatest severity.
2. Colloq. an orgasm.
[G. klimax, staircase]

climax

the period of greatest intensity, as in the course of a disease.
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes, thinking over this, I became quite numb with the terror of it; and I might well have deduced from this fact, that my 'last conviction' was eating into my being too fast and too seriously, and would undoubtedly come to its climax before long.
With these facts before me, I believe that natural selection, by acting on the fertile parents, could form a species which should regularly produce neuters, either all of large size with one form of jaw, or all of small size with jaws having a widely different structure; or lastly, and this is our climax of difficulty, one set of workers of one size and structure, and simultaneously another set of workers of a different size and structure;--a graduated series having been first formed, as in the case of the driver ant, and then the extreme forms, from being the most useful to the community, having been produced in greater and greater numbers through the natural selection of the parents which generated them; until none with an intermediate structure were produced.
Sometimes (generally, in Comedy) the Main Climax is identical with the Outcome; sometimes (regularly in Tragedy) the Main Climax is a turning point and comes near the middle of the story.
Being heated when he arrived at this climax, Josiah Bounderby of Coketown stopped.
If I were to plead anything in mitigation of the preposterous fancy that a bad design will sometimes claim to be a good and an expressly religious design, it would be the curious coincidence that it has been brought to its climax in these pages, in the days of the public examination of late Directors of a Royal British Bank.
Having come to the climax, he smacked his lips a great many times, and taking a long hearty sniff of the fragrance that was hovering about, put on the cover again with the air of one whose toils on earth were over.
As environmental historian Donald Worster commented in 1993, "The climax notion is dead, the ecosystem has receded in usefulness.
At the climax a shiny-eyed ten-year old is placed in charge of production: "Join us, comrades
Given that the men provide all the physical push and guidance for this climax, have the much-buffeted women really been liberated from their earlier passivity?
RBC Bearings Incorporated has acquired Mentor, Ohio, based Climax Metal Products Company in a deal worth $13.
1 In the climax, the hero prevails and peace reigns in the galaxy.
Book three of the "The Publicist" saga, Climax continues the story of Kate Mitchell, head of a successful publishing house.