- Astronomy. either of two points in an eccentric orbit, one (higher apsis) farthest from the center of attraction, the other (lower apsis) nearest to the center of attraction.
- Architecture. an apse.
Origin of apsis
1595–1605; < Latin < Greek hapsís (felloe of) a wheel, arch, vault, orig., fastening, equivalent to háp(tein) to fasten + -sis -sis
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Examples from the Web for apsis
In 1473, he was employed by the latter to paint, in the apsis of SS.Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume II (of 3)</p>
It does not span the apsis of a church; it spans rivers and valleys.
It has an altar and an apsis, but it is adapted to preaching rather than to singing.
The apsis itself is probably a re-erection with the original materials, but anterior to Duke William.The Chronicle of the Norman Conquest
Then a man got up by the apsis and stood there half hidden by the stalactite rock.The German Lieutenant and Other Stories</p>
- Also called: apse either of two points lying at the extremities of an eccentric orbit of a planet, satellite, etc, such as the aphelion and perihelion of a planet or the apogee and perigee of the moon. The line of apsides connects two such points and is the principal axis of the orbit
- another name for apse (def. 1)
C17: via Latin from Greek; see apse
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Word Origin and History for apsis
"perigree of the moon, perihelion of a planet" (plural apsides), 1650s, from Latin apsis "arch, vault" (see apse).
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