See also: apogée
apogee (plural apogees)
- (astronomy) The point, in an orbit about the Earth, that is farthest from the Earth: the apoapsis of an Earth orbiter.
- (astronomy, more generally) The point, in an orbit about any planet, that is farthest from the planet: the apoapsis of any satellite.
- 2002, Serge Brunier, Solar System Voyage, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 36:
- The resolution of the images obtained by this American probe [Messenger] will depend on its altitude [above Mercury] at any one time: about ten meters at perigee (200km altitude), but only one 1 km at apogee (15000km).
- (possibly archaic outside astrology) The point, in any trajectory of an object in space, where it is farthest from the Earth.
- (figuratively) The highest point.
- 1979, Carl Deroux, editor, Studies in Latin Literature and Roman History [Collection Latomus; 164], volume 1, Brussels: Latomus, OCLC 5900307, page 111:
- Another manifestation, significantly reaching its apogee in the midst of Antonine virtues, was the growing popularity of adoxographical exercises. Mock panegyrics were dashed off, not just by sardonic intellectuals such as Lucian, but also by trained courtiers and polished encomiasts of the stamp of [Marcus Cornelius] Fronto.
- 2004 March 22, The New Yorker:
- The cult of the chief executive reached its apogee in the nineteen-nineties, a period when C.E.O.s seemed not so much to serve their companies as to embody them.
- 2014 September 15, Martin Gayford, “There's more to Ming than a vase [print version: 16 August 2014, pp. R6–R7]”, in The Daily Telegraph (Review):
- (point in an orbit): apocenter, apoapsis, apsis
- (highest point or state): acme, culmination, pinnacle, zenith, climax
- See also Thesaurus:apex
- (a point in an orbit): periapsis
- (a point in an orbit around the Earth): perigee
- (highest point): nadir, perigee
- perigee is the etymological antonym (from Ancient Greek).
- (astronomy): see apoapsis
a point in an orbit around the Earth