Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Apogee, or more formally apsis, is the point, in an elliptical Earth orbit, of greatest distance from the Earth. Ballistic apogee is the highest altitude in the trajectory of a projectile.
Apogee may also refer to:
Apogee is the second full-length album by stoner metal band Bongzilla. The album was released in May 2000 by Ritual Records, and re-released in 2004 by Relapse Records. It contains three songs recorded in the studio and four recorded at a live concert.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Apogee \Ap"o*gee\, n. [Gr. ? from the earth; ? from + ?, ?, earth: cf. F. apog['e]e.]
(Astron.) That point in the orbit of the moon which is at the greatest distance from the earth.
Note: Formerly, on the hypothesis that the earth is in the center of the system, this name was given to that point in the orbit of the sun, or of a planet, which was supposed to be at the greatest distance from the earth.
Fig.: The farthest or highest point; culmination.
n. 1 (context astronomy English) The point, in an orbit about the Earth, that is furthest from the Earth: the apoapsis of an Earth orbiter. 2 (context astronomy more generally English) The point, in an orbit about any planet, that is farthest from the planet: the apoapsis of any satellite. 3 (context possibly archaic outside astrology English) The point, in any trajectory of an object in space, where it is furthest from the Earth. 4 (context figuratively English) The highest point.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"point at which the moon is farthest from the earth," 1590s, from French apogée, from Latin apogaeum, from Greek apogaion, neuter adjective, "away from the earth," a term from Ptolemaic astronomy, from apo "off, away" (see apo-) + gaia/ge "earth" (see Gaia). Adjective forms are apogeal, apogean.
Usage examples of "apogee".
One emblematic evening I watched Franklin pump to apogee and bail out, no doubt escaping one of those avuncular Flying Fortresses on a parachute that thighs sacrificed their stocking silks for.
When the tide of life beats high in two mortals, and they meet in the moment of its apogee, when all the nature is sweeping on without command, guilelessly, yet thoughtlessly, the mere lilt of existence lulling to sleep wisdom and tried experience--speculation points all one way.
Still he held on and if he could have strengthened his grip he might have lived for ever, but when the sapling reached its apogee it suddenly and treacherously reversed its direction.
As soon as the overhead door reached its apogee, the driverless vehicle began to give off high-pitched, intermittent beeps as it rolled forward in a thunderous, jerky fashion.
With a flourish, Sullivan waved his arm at Apogee II, which looked less like a rocket plane and more like a fat fireplug with windows.
With Duerer and Holbein German art reached its apogee in the first half of the sixteenth century, yet their work was not different in spirit from that of their predecessors.
Outside, the baking New Mexico sun was at its apogee and the old predark thermometer nailed to the shaded wall of the veranda was registering one hundred eighteen degrees.
Nonetheless, Crispus was approaching that age which in these southern lands was held to be the apogee of splendour.
There was nothing to do now but wait until they caught up to the target when it swung back in close to Earth from the apogee of its orbit.
Cynthia Murray was therefore directing operations at the AstroLab when POSIM-38 reached its apogee, a little more than an hour later, and began to fall back toward Earth.
The armor, however, fell away after firing, and the round tracked upward and then over at apogee, after which the tracking system lost lock and the round became an unknown actor.
The curve attains its apogee at the end of October in the same year, then falls rapidly, and finally flattens off at its springtime level.
New London followed a slightly elliptical orbit high above the Earth, with an apogee of forty-five thousand kilometres and a perigee of forty-two thousand kilometres.
Or if learned, on nodes and the moon’s apogees, Or, if serious, on something of AKHB’s, Or the latest attempt to convert the Chaldees.
Dill observed, rather unexpectedly, that had TX worked out, it might have brought peace to the world and not annihilation, because it would have put an end to the doctrine of DEW ("distant early warning"), which was based on the interval of time between the firing of the offender's intercontinental rockets and their appearance on the defender's radar screens at the apogees of suborbital flight.