- 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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- 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
Word Origin for apogee
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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- The point farthest from Earth's center in the orbit of the Moon or an artificial satellite.
- The point in an orbit that is most distant from the body being orbited. Compare aphelion perigee.
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