Culminate Cul"mi*nate (k[u^]l"m[i^]*n[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Culminated} (-n[=a]`t[e^]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Culminating} (-n[=a]`t[i^]ng.] [L. cuimen top or ridge. See {Column}.] 1. To reach its highest point of altitude; to come to the meridian; to be vertical or directly overhead. [1913 Webster]

As when his beams at noon Culminate from the equator. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

2. To reach the highest point, as of rank, size, power, numbers, etc. [1913 Webster]

The reptile race culminated in the secondary era. --Dana. [1913 Webster]

The house of Burgundy was rapidly culminating. --Motley. [1913 Webster]

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