See under (def 3).
[klahy-mak-ter-ik, klahy-mak-ter-ik] /klaɪˈmæk tər ɪk, ˌklaɪ mækˈtɛr ɪk/
Physiology. a period of decrease of reproductive capacity in men and women, culminating, in women, in the menopause.
any critical period.
a year in which important changes in health, fortune, etc., are held by some theories to occur, as one’s sixty-third year (grand climacteric)
the period of maximum respiration in a fruit, during which it becomes fully ripened.
[klahy-mak-ter-i-kuh l] /ˌklaɪ mækˈtɛr ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA). critical; crucial.
a critical event or period
another name for menopause
the period in the life of a man corresponding to the menopause, chiefly characterized by diminished sexual activity
(botany) the period during which certain fruits, such as apples, ripen, marked by a rise in the rate of respiration
involving a crucial event or period
c.1600 (adj.), 1620s (n.), from Latin climactericus, from Greek klimakterikos “of a critical period,” from klimakter “rung of a ladder” (see climax (n.)). A critical stage in human life, a period supposed to be especially liable to change. By some, held to be the years that are multiples of 7 (7, 14, 21, etc.), by others only the odd multiples (7, 21, 35, etc.), and by still others the multiples of 9. The Great Climacteric was the 63rd year (7×9), supposed to be especially critical.
climacteric cli·mac·ter·ic (klī-māk’tər-ĭk, klī’māk-těr’ĭk)
noun 1. (in China and India trade) a customs clearance.
[koo-lee] /ˈku li/ noun 1. a dry canyon in central Washington: cut by the Columbia River in the glacial period. 52 miles (84 km) long; over 400 feet (120 meters) deep. 2. a dam on the Columbia River at the N end of this canyon. 550 feet (168 meters) high. /ˈkuːlɪ/ noun 1. a canyon […]
noun 1. a formal gathering of camp fire members requiring a minimum attendance of three troops.
noun, Bridge, Whist. 1. the trumping of a trick that could have been taken by the winner’s partner.