of a celestial body
: to reach its highest altitude
: to be directly overhead
- During the summer solstice, the sun culminates over the Tropic of Cancer in the northern hemisphere.
: to rise to or form a summit
- … enormous waves culminated and fell with the report of thunder.
- —Frederick Marryat
: to reach the highest or a climactic or decisive point
- Her long acting career culminated when she won the Oscar.
: to bring to a head or to the highest point
- The contract culminated weeks of negotiations.