Culminate Cul"mi*nate (k[u^]l"m[i^]*n[=a]t), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Culminated (-n[=a]`t[eucr]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. As when his beams at noon Culminate from the equator. --Milton. 2. To reach the highest point, as of rank, size, power, numbers, etc. The reptile race culminated in the secondary era. --Dana. The house of Burgundy was rapidly culminating. --Motley.