• WordNet 3.6
    • n apogee apoapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the Earth
    • n apogee a final climactic stage "their achievements stand as a culmination of centuries of development"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Apogee Fig.: The farthest or highest point; culmination.
    • Apogee (Astron) That point in the orbit of the moon which is at the greatest distance from the earth.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n apogee That point in the orbit of a planet or other heavenly body which is at the greatest distance from the earth; especially, that particular point of the moon's orbit. The ancients regarded the earth as fixed in the center of the universe, and accordingly assigned to the sun, with the planets, an apogee; but now that the sun is recognized as the center of our system, the terms perihelion and aphelion are employed to denote the least and greatest distance of the planets from that orb. Strictly, therefore, the sun is in its apogee when the earth is in its aphelion. In the Ptolemaic astronomy, the mean apogee of the epicycle is the point of the epicycle furthest from the center of the equant; the true apogee of the epicycle is that point of it furthest from the earth; and the fixed apogee of the epicycle is that point of it furthest from the center of the eccentric.
    • n apogee Figuratively, the highest or most distant point; climax; culmination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Apogee ap′o-jē properly the greatest distance of the earth from any of the heavenly bodies (the earth being regarded as the centre of the universe in the old Ptolemaic astronomy), now restricted to the sun and moon, the sun's apogee corresponding to the earth's aphelion, and the moon's being the point of its orbit farthest from the earth: the highest point, climax—opp. to Perigee
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. from the earth; from + , , earth: cf. F. apogée,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. apogaion; apo, from, , the earth.


In literature:

Their expansion and multiplication were rapid, and they attained the apogee of their power during the third century.
"The Oriental Religions in Roman Paganism" by Franz Cumont
Let work, then, be received in silence, as it was in the days to which the penmen still point as an era when art was at its apogee.
"The Gentle Art of Making Enemies" by James McNeill Whistler
The Continental System reached its greatest efficiency during the apogee of Napoleon's power in 1809 and 1810.
"A History of Sea Power" by William Oliver Stevens and Allan Westcott
In the evil days that fell upon Brussels after her apogee, copying her own works took the place of new matters.
"The Tapestry Book" by Helen Churchill Candee
The lunar tide varies between apogee and perigee from 4.3 to 5.9.
"Pioneers of Science" by Oliver Lodge
In 1675 he died, in his forty-third year, and at the apogee of his powers.
"Ivory Apes and Peacocks" by James Huneker
What a glorious life must have been the university city's during the apogee of her fame!
"The Cathedrals of Northern Spain" by Charles Rudy
This is the apogee of superficiality.
"The Intelligence of Woman" by W. L. George
The second measures the distance of the sun from its apogee.
"The Borghesi Astronomical Clock in the Museum of History and Technology" by Silvio A. Bedini
In the apogee of the river's noose two girls, clearly seen against the silver glooms beyond, were bending over a basket.
"Plashers Mead" by Compton Mackenzie

In poetry:

The passion the planets had scowled on,
And change had let dwindle,
Her death-rumor smartly relifted
To full apogee.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy
Brilliant as Lucifer, Son of the Morning,
Rises this reincarnation of Mars!
Youth at its apogee, precedent scorning,
Genius ascending its path toward the stars!
"To The Portrait Of Napoleon, As First Consul" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

University of North Texas sophomore offensive lineman Mason Y'Barbo (57) hoists up junior wide receiver Brelan Chancellor (3) after a touchdown against Troy, Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Apogee Stadium in Denton, TX.
University of North Texas junior running back Brandin Byrd (24) drives past Troy freshman linebacker Tyler Roberts (33), Saturday, September 22, 2012, at Apogee Stadium in Denton, TX.
For a moment, fact- checking reached a new apogee when moderator Candy Crowley, a CNN journalist, actually stopped the debate to fact- check a dispute between the two candidates.
Apogee Electronics in Santa Monica, Calif, announces that 11 of its products are compatible with Apple's new Mac OS X Mountain Lion.
Apogee's compatible products are: JAM, MiC, ONE, GiO, Duet (FireWire), Duet 2, Ensemble, Symphony I/O, Symphony 64 PCIe, Symphony Mobile and X-FireWire.
Apogee Launches Apogee Voice™ – A Risk-Free Alternative to Expensive DAS .
Carlos Harris settled under the punt Saturday at Apogee Stadium like he had so many others over the years.
Don't miss a special live session with Interpol , recorded in front of a live audience at Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios on the eve of their highly anticipated album release exclusively for KCRW.
Liberty cruises at Apogee with 51-21 win over John Paul II .
Performed a fiery set of songs when he brought his trio to Apogee's Berkeley Street Studios.
A steady downpour at Apogee Stadium left North Texas with few offensive options against Middle Tennessee nearly a year ago.
The kit is a fusion of the Apogee MiC , a studio-quality condenser microphone , and the Zgrip Jr, a handgrip for shooting video on the iPhone 4 or 4S.
Siemens' versatile application connects users to APOGEE BAS control and monitoring functions via wireless network connectivity.
The application directly interacts with BACnet/IP and Siemens APOGEE P2 field panels.
Action Sales & Marketing will represent Apogee in southern California, southern Nevada and Hawaii.

In science:

Bellazzini et al. (2003) do not consider the globular clusters beyond 60 kpc, as falling beyond the apogee of the Sgr orbit.
The Planetary Nebula population of the Sagittarius Dwarf Spheroidal Galaxy
Our analytical expression Eq. (18) must be modified to account for the fraction of the particle’s tra jectory, lasting of order τ after each apogee of the trapped motion, during which the (newly-reversed) motion is accelerated rather than diminished by the retarded force.
Mirror-mediated cooling: a paradigm for particle cooling via the retarded dipole force
The scintillation light is recorded by an Apogee U6 camera with a Kodak 1001E CCD chip.
Transport properties of electrons in CF4
The camera is the U6 model made by Apogee Instruments Inc., with the Kodak KAF-1001E CCD chip.
A Prototype Detector for Directional Measurement of the Cosmogenic Neutron Flux
Finally, after five firings of Chandra’s own Integral Propulsion System — the last of which took place 15 days after launch — the observatory was placed in its highly elliptical orbit of ∼140,000 km apogee and ∼10,000 km perigee.
Chandra X-Ray Observatory (CXO):Overview