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a·pex

 (ā′pĕks)
n. pl. a·pex·es or a·pi·ces (ā′pĭ-sēz′, ăp′ĭ-)
1.
a. The highest point of a structure, object, or geometric figure: the apex of a hill; the apex of a triangle.
b. The usually pointed end of an object; the tip: the apex of a leaf.
2.
a. The highest level or degree that is attained, as in a hierarchy. See Synonyms at summit.
b. The period of greatest achievement: won several Olympic medals at the apex of her career.

[Latin.]

apex

(ˈeɪpɛks)
n, pl apexes or apices (ˈæpɪˌsiːz; ˈeɪ-)
1. (Mathematics) the highest point; vertex
2. the pointed end or tip of something
3. a pinnacle or high point, as of a career, etc
4. (Astronomy) astronomy Also called: solar apex 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
[C17: from Latin: point]

APEX

(ˈeɪpɛks)
n acronym for
1. Advance Purchase Excursion: a reduced airline or long-distance rail fare that must be paid a specified number of days in advance
2. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) (in Britain) Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical, and Computer Staff

a•pex

(ˈeɪ pɛks)

n., pl. a•pex•es, a•pi•ces (ˈeɪ pəˌsiz, ˈæp ə-)
1. the highest point; vertex; summit.
2. the tip or point: the apex of the tongue.
3. climax; peak: the apex of a career.
[1595–1605; < Latin]

a·pex

(ā′pĕks)
The highest point, especially the vertex of a triangle, cone, or pyramid.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.apex - the highest point (of something)apex - the highest point (of something); "at the peak of the pyramid"
crown - the part of a hat (the vertex) that covers the crown of the head
roof peak - the highest point of a roof
extreme point, extremum, extreme - the point located farthest from the middle of something
2.apex - the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed starsapex - the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars
celestial point - a point in the heavens (on the celestial sphere)
celestial sphere, empyrean, firmament, heavens, vault of heaven, welkin, sphere - the apparent surface of the imaginary sphere on which celestial bodies appear to be projected
antapex - the point opposite in direction from the solar apex; the point the solar system is moving away from

apex

noun
1. culmination, top, crown, height, climax, highest point, zenith, apogee, acme At the apex of the party was the central committee.
culmination bottom, depths, nadir, lowest point, rock bottom
2. highest point, point, top, tip, summit, peak, crest, pinnacle, vertex She led me up a gloomy corridor to the apex of the pyramid.
highest point base, bottom, depths, nadir, lowest point, perigee

apex

noun
1. The highest point:
2. The highest point or state:
Informal: payoff.
Medicine: fastigium.
3. A sharp or tapered end:
Translations
ذروةرأس
špicevrchol
højdepunktspidstop
huippu
toppur
galotnevirsotne

APEX

[ˈeɪpeks] N ABBR
1. (Brit) =Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff
2. (also apex) =Advance Purchase Excursion APEX fareprecio m APEX
APEX ticketbillete m APEX

apex

[ˈeɪpeks] N (apexes, apices (pl)) [ˈeɪpɪsiːz]
1. (Math) → vértice m
2. (fig) → cumbre f, cima f

Apex

APEX [ˈeɪpɛks] (=advance purchase excursion)
nAPEX m
modif [fare, return, ticket] → APEX inv

apex

[ˈeɪpɛks] n
[building] → sommet m
(fig)point m culminant

apex

n pl <-es or apices> → Spitze f; (fig)Höhepunkt m

APEX

[ˈeɪpɛks] n abbr
a. (Brit) =Association of Professional, Executive, Clerical and Computer Staff associazione dei professionisti, dirigenti, impiegati ed informatici
b. (Aer) =advance purchase excursionAPEX m inv

apex

[ˈeɪpɛks] n (Geom) → vertice m (fig) → vertice m, apice m

apex

(ˈeipeks) noun
the highest point or tip (of something). the apex of a triangle; the apex of a person's career.

a·pex

n. apex.
1. ápice, extremo superior o punta de un órgano;
2. extremidad puntiaguda de una estructura.
References in classic literature ?
Once a leash of thin black whips, like the arms of an octopus, flashed across the sunset and was immediately with- drawn, and afterwards a thin rod rose up, joint by joint, bearing at its apex a circular disk that spun with a wobbling motion.
This was his goal, the apex of the "V," and he panned many times to locate it.
A military organization may be quite correctly compared to a cone, of which the base with the largest diameter consists of the rank and file; the next higher and smaller section of the cone consists of the next higher grades of the army, and so on to the apex, the point of which will represent the commander in chief.
quarter, when she makes with the sun and the earth an angle of which she herself occupies the apex.
Backward, from the apex, his head slanted down to his neck and forward it slanted uncompromisingly to meet a low and remarkably wide forehead.
Everybody knows that the great reversed triangle of land, with its base in the north and its apex in the south, which is called India, embraces fourteen hundred thousand square miles, upon which is spread unequally a population of one hundred and eighty millions of souls.
A line was accordingly attached to it, and the other end being passed over the ridge-pole of the house, it was hoisted up to the apex of the roof, where it hung suspended directly over the mats where I usually reclined.
The trunk was fashioned like a wedge with the apex to the earth.
They, in the auto, were coming down Market with the intention of negotiating the sharp apex and going up Geary.
Form the balance of the battleships into a great V with the apex pointing directly south-south-east.
And that the Egyptians were a nation of mast-head standers, is an assertion based upon the general belief among archaeologists, that the first pyramids were founded for astronomical purposes: a theory singularly supported by the peculiar stair-like formation of all four sides of those edifices; whereby, with prodigious long upliftings of their legs, those old astronomers were wont to mount to the apex, and sing out for new stars; even as the look-outs of a modern ship sing out for a sail, or a whale just bearing in sight.
Most people imagined them to be the very apex of the pyramid; but they themselves (at least those of Mrs.