Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite most distant from the center of the earth.
  • n. The point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited.
  • n. The farthest or highest point; the apex: "The golden age of American sail, which began with the fast clipper ships in 1848, reached its apogee in the Gold Rush years” ( Los Angeles Times).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The point, in an orbit about the Earth, that is furthest from the Earth: the apoapsis of an Earth orbiter.
  • n. The point, in an orbit about any planet, that is farthest from the planet: the apoapsis of any satellite.
  • n. The point, in any trajectory of an object in space, where it is furthest from the Earth.
  • n. The highest point.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That point in the orbit of the moon which is at the greatest distance from the earth.
  • n. Fig.: The farthest or highest point; culmination.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That point in the orbit of a planet or other heavenly body which is at the greatest distance from the earth; especially, that particular point of the moon's orbit.
  • n. Figuratively, the highest or most distant point; climax; culmination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a final climactic stage
  • n. apoapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the Earth

Etymologies

French apogée, from New Latin apogaeum, from Greek apogaion, from neuter of apogaios, far from the earth : apo-, apo- + gaia, earth.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Latin apogeum, apogaeum and French apogée, from Ancient Greek ἀπόγειον (apogeion, "away from Earth"), from ἀπό (apo, "away") + γῆ (gē, "Earth"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The apogee was the application by AXE ECN for a license to open a new exchange.

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  • Now, the earth occupies one of the foci of the ellipse, and so at one point in its course is at its apogee, that is, at its farthest from the sun, and at another point it is at its perigee, or nearest to the sun.

    The Mysterious Island

  • In this wise, at the beginning of that thirteenth century which Catholic apologists call the apogee of civilization, did Western Christendom destroy its Eastern flank.

    Two in Time

  • When it's at perigee, the moon is about 31,000 miles 50,000 km closer to Earth than when it's at the farthest point of its orbit, also known as apogee.

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  • The apogee was the victorious entry into Baghdad, and the TV pictures of crowds cheering the felling of a statue of Saddam Hussein.

    The Guardian World News

  • + [The Abacus as well as a Polyhedrons] + 'apogee' {[]} 'perigee'

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  • In the language of astronomy, the two extremes are called "apogee" (far away) and "perigee" (nearby).

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  • At the top of the rocket can be a smoke composition, so it is possible to determine the maximum height ( "apogee") of the rocket, or a burst charge and stars.

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  • The first of last year's great reducers did not begin its work in 2010 but did reach a kind of apogee then.

    Slate Magazine

  • Since then, it's been setting the highest point, or "apogee" of quality digital audio conversion.

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