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Apex \A"pex\, n.; pl. E. Apexes; L. Apices. [L.]

  1. The tip, top, point, or angular summit of anything; as, the apex of a mountain, spire, or cone; the apex, or tip, of a leaf.

  2. (Mining) The end or edge of a vein nearest the surface.

    Apex of the earth's motion (Astron.), that point of the heavens toward which the earth is moving in its orbit.


Apices \Ap"i*ces\, n. pl. See Apex.


n. (apex English)


See apex

  1. n. the highest point (of something); "at the peak of the pyramid" [syn: vertex, peak, acme]

  2. the point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun and solar system appear to be moving relative to the fixed stars [syn: solar apex, apex of the sun's way] [ant: antapex]

  3. [also: apices (pl)]

Usage examples of "apices".

It would be seen that the nasal bones of the tiger run up higher than those of the lion, the apices of whose nasal and maxillary sutures are on a level.

I have chosen to use the natural and obvious pronouns for male and female, and to represent the intermediates - or apices - with whatever pronominal term best indicates their place in their society, relative to the existing sexual power-balance of yours.

Where the Empire gains over the usual bloodline set-up is they use the game to recruit the cleverest, most ruthless and manipulative apices from the whole population to run the show, rather than have to marry new blood into some stagnant aristocracy and hope for the best when the genes shake out.

He handed the sweetmeat tray to Gurgeh, and while the women giggled and the apices smirked at each other, he went close to the females and flicked the nictitating membranes in his eyes up and down.

One of the apices thanked him, then the group of people walked away, talking and laughing.

Reedy music sounded, the paired apices and luxuriously dressed females moved about the shining marquetry floor in pre-set arrangements, their looks of pride and humility equally distasteful, while the servant males moved carefully around like machines, making sure each glass was kept full, each plate covered.

The first game, as you know, is played by groups of ten, and to be the only woman playing nine apices is to be regarded as a nuisance.

Za waved at some bulky, severely casual males and apices waiting in the lime-lit tunnel, and tossed one of them what was left of the camera.

The remaining two apices had established their own small enclaves on the board and were taking comparatively little part in the wider game.

The apices wore some sort of strange uniform, though somehow Gurgeh knew it was not an official uniform.

The two apices shouted at him, then they turned and pointed him out to the others.

The figure was higher for males than for apices, and higher for females than either.

Some of the apices were dressed in male clothes, some in female dress.

Sometimes, where physically possible, Azadian males - though never apices - were shown raping the savages.

They descended to a long balcony set with many tables, where Hamin introduced Gurgeh - and the drone - to various people, mostly apices plus a few elegant females.