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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Climax \Cli"max\, n. [L., from Gr. ? ladder, staircase, fr. ? to make to bend, to lean. See Ladder, Lean, v. i.] 1. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster] 2. (Rhet.) A figure in which the parts of a sentence or paragraph are so arranged that each succeeding one rises above its predecessor in impressiveness. [1913 Webster] "Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, and experience hope" -- a happy climax. --J. D. Forbes. [1913 Webster] 3. The highest point; the greatest degree. [1913 Webster] We must look higher for the climax of earthly good. --I. Taylor. [1913 Webster] To cap the climax, to surpass everything, as in excellence or in absurdity. [Colloq.] [1913 Webster]