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κλῖμαξ , ακος(κλίνω): stair-way, ladder. (Od.)
- Ia ladder or staircase (because of its leaning aslant), Od., etc.:— a scaling-ladder, Thuc., Xen.; κλίμακος προσαμβάσεις Aesch.:— a shipʼs ladder, Eur., Theocr.
- IIa frame with cross-bars, on which persons to be tortured were tied, Ar.
- IIIin Soph., κλίμακες ἀμφίπλεκτοι intertwining ladders, to express the entanglement of the limbs of wrestlers.
- IVa climax, i. e. a gradual ascent from weaker expressions to stronger, Lat. gradatio, as Ciceroʼs abiit, evasit, erupit.