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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Cli·max n.
 1. Upward movement; steady increase; gradation; ascent.
 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.
    =\“Tribulation worketh patience, patience experience, and experience hope” -- a happy climax.\=   --J. D. Forbes.
 3. The highest point; the greatest degree.
    We must look higher for the climax of earthly good.   --I. Taylor.
 To cap the climax, to surpass everything, as in excellence or in absurdity. [Colloq.]