What does the word climax mean?

Usage examples for climax

  1. But this was just at the climax of a story that three people were telling at the same time, Julia being one of them, and he received little attention. – Gentle Julia by Booth Tarkington
  2. Right, in an hour or two, a situation that was the climax of months of wrong? – The Genius by Margaret Horton Potter
  3. The climax of a love story is not the wedding. – Duffels by Edward Eggleston