- Astronomy. the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, especially the moon, or of a man-made satellite at which it is farthest from the earth.Compare perigee.
- the highest or most distant point; climax.
Origin of apogee
1585–95; alteration (after French apogée) of earlier apogaeum < Latin < Greek apógaion (diástema) off-earth (distance), neuter of apógaios (adj.), equivalent to apo- apo- + gáïos of the earth, derivative of gaîa, variant of gê the earth
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An irregularity in the motion of a planet by which it deviates from the aphelion or apogee.
The apogee of the sun is synonymous with the aphelion of the earth.
The second measures the distance of the sun from its apogee.
The acquisition of this soul marks the apogee of the greatness of a people.
- the point in its orbit around the earth when the moon or an artificial satellite is at its greatest distance from the earthCompare perigee
- the highest point
C17: from New Latin apogaeum (influenced by French apogée), from Greek apogaion, from apogaios away from the earth, from apo- + gaia earth
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Word Origin and History for apogee
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