apogeic

apogee

[ap-uh-jee]
noun
1.
Astronomy. the point in the orbit of a heavenly body, especially the moon, or of a man-made satellite at which it is farthest from the earth. Compare perigee.
2.
the highest or most distant point; climax.

Origin:
1585–95; alteration (after French apogée) of earlier apogaeum < Latin < Greek apógaion (diástema) off-earth (distance), neuter of apógaios (adj.), equivalent to apo- apo- + gáïos of the earth, derivative of gaîa, variant of the earth

apogeal, apogean, apogeic, adjective
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apogee (ˈæpəˌdʒiː)
 
n
1.  Compare perigee the point in its orbit around the earth when the moon or an artificial satellite is at its greatest distance from the earth
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]
 
apo'gean
 
adj

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apogee
"point at which the moon is farthest from the earth," 1590s, from Fr. apogée, from L. apogæum, from Gk. apogaion, neut. adj., "away from the earth," a term from Ptolemaic astronomy, from apo "off, away" (see apo-) + gaia/ge "earth."
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apogee  [%PREMIUM_LINK%]     (āp'ə-jē)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The point farthest from Earth's center in the orbit of the Moon or an artificial satellite.

  2. The point in an orbit that is most distant from the body being orbited. Compare aphelion, perigee.


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apogee [(ap-uh-jee)]

In astronomy, the point during the orbit of a satellite, such as the moon, at which it is farthest from the body being orbited. For planets in the solar system orbiting the sun, their farthest point from the sun is referred to as aphelion.

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