apogean(redirected from apogeanly)
a. Astronomy The point in an orbit around the planet Earth where the orbiting body is farthest from the planet.
b. The analogous point in an orbit around a celestial body other than Earth. Not in technical use.
2. 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).
[French apogée, from New Latin apogaeum, from Greek apogaion, from neuter of apogaios, far from the earth : apo-, apo- + gaia, earth.]
ap′o·ge′an (-jē′ən) adj.
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|Adj.||1.||apogean - relating to or characteristic of an apogee; "apogean tides occur when the moon is at the apogee of its orbit"|
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