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perigee

per·i·gee

 (pĕr′ə-jē)
n.
1. Astronomy The point in an orbit around the planet Earth where the orbiting body is closest to the planet.
2. The analogous point in an orbit around a celestial body other than Earth. Not in technical use.

[French périgée, from Medieval Latin perigēum, from Late Greek perigeion : Greek peri-, peri- + Greek , earth.]

per′i·ge′al (-jē′əl), per′i·ge′an (-jē′ən) adj.

perigee

(ˈpɛrɪˌdʒiː)
n
(Astronomy) the point in its orbit around the earth when the moon or an artificial satellite is nearest the earth. Compare apogee1
[C16: via French from Greek perigeion, from peri- + gea earth]
ˌperiˈgean, ˌperiˈgeal adj

per•i•gee

(ˈpɛr ɪˌdʒi)

n.
the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, esp. the moon, or of an artificial satellite at which it is nearest to the earth. See illus. at apogee.
[1585–95; < French perigée < New Latin perigēum, perigaeum < Greek perígeion (sēmeîon limit), neuter of perígeios near, of the earth]
per`i•ge′al, per`i•ge′an, adj.

per·i·gee

(pĕr′ə-jē)
1. The point nearest 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 nearest the body around which it revolves, such as a planet. Compare apogee.

perigee

the closest point in an orbit to the body being orbited.
See also: Planets
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.perigee - periapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the Earth
periapsis, point of periapsis - (astronomy) the point in an orbit closest to the body being orbited
apogee - apoapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the Earth
Translations
Perigäum

perigee

[ˈperɪdʒiː] Nperigeo m

perigee

n (Astron) → Perigäum nt, → Erdnähe f
References in classic literature ?
The perigee distance, therefore, is that which ought to serve as the basis of all calculations.
After what has been said above, it will be necessary, first of all, to choose the period when the moon will be in perigee, and
it ought to reach the moon four days after its departure, that is on the 5th of December, at midnight precisely, at the moment of her attaining her perigee, that is her nearest distance from the earth, which is exactly 86,410 leagues (French), or 238,833 miles mean distance (English).
approach to truth: the perigee of his eccentric orbit.