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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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1. (Astronomy) the point in its orbit around the earth when the moon or an artificial satellite is at its greatest distance from the earth. Compare perigee
2. the highest point
[C17: from New Latin apogaeum (influenced by French apogée), from Greek apogaion, from apogaios away from the earth, from apo- + gaia earth]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. the point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite at which it is farthest from the earth. Compare perigee.
2. the highest or most exalted point; climax: an apogee of artistic development.
[1585–95; alter. (after French apogée) of earlier apogaeum < Latin < Greek apógaion (diástema) off-earth (distance), neuter of apógaios (adj.)]
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1. The point farthest from the Earth's center in the orbit of the moon or an artificial satellite.
2. The point in the orbit of a body, such as a satellite, where it is farthest from the body around which it revolves, such as a planet. Compare perigee.
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The point at which a missile trajectory or a satellite orbit is farthest from the center of the gravitational field of the controlling body or bodies.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
the farthest point in an orbit from the body being orbited.See also: Planets
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|Noun||1.||apogee - a final climactic stage; "their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development"|
|2.||apogee - apoapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the Earth|
apoapsis, point of apoapsis - (astronomy) the point in an orbit farthest from the body being orbited
perigee - periapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the Earth
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noun highest point, top, tip, crown, summit, height, peak, climax, crest, pinnacle, culmination, zenith, apex, acme, vertex The campaign reached its apogee in the 1970s
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apogee[ˈæpədʒiː] N → apogeo m
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apogee[ˈæpədʒiː] n (= peak) → apogée m
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
apogee[ˈæpəʊdʒiː] n (Astron) (fig) (frm) → apogeo
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