- a plural of apex.
- the tip, point, or vertex; summit.
- climax; peak; acme: His election to the presidency was the apex of his career.
- Astronomy. solar apex.
Origin of apex
Examples from the Web for apices
The itching is intense, and in consequence their apices are excoriated.Essentials of Diseases of the Skin
Henry Weightman Stelwagon
The palpi are small and narrow, with long bristles at their apices.A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 2 of 2)
The two apices differ very nearly 180° in right ascension and about 120° in declination.Curiosities of the Sky
As many as a dozen small ulcers were seen at the apices of the enlarged follicles.
Comparisons of the bases and the apices of leaves of different varieties often show distinguishing marks.The Peaches of New York
U. P. Hedrick
- a plural of apex
- Advance Purchase Excursion: a reduced airline or long-distance rail fare that must be paid a specified number of days in advance
- (in Britain) Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical, and Computer Staff
- the highest point; vertex
- the pointed end or tip of something
- a pinnacle or high point, as of a career, etc
- Also called: solar apex astronomy the point on the celestial sphere, lying in the constellation Hercules, towards which the sun appears to move at a velocity of 20 kilometres per second relative to the nearest stars
Word Origin and History for apices
c.1600, from Latin apex "summit, peak, tip, top, extreme end;" probably related to apere "to fasten, fix," hence "the tip of anything" (one of the meanings in Latin was "small rod at the top of the flamen's cap"), from PIE *ap- "to take, reach." Proper plural is apices.
- The pointed end of a conical or pyramidal structure.
- The highest point, especially the vertex of a triangle, cone, or pyramid.