from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The point in the orbit of the moon or of an artificial satellite most distant from the center of the earth.
- n. The point in an orbit most distant from the body being orbited.
- n. The farthest or highest point; the apex: "The golden age of American sail, which began with the fast clipper ships in 1848, reached its apogee in the Gold Rush years” ( Los Angeles Times).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The point, in an orbit about the Earth, that is furthest from the Earth: the apoapsis of an Earth orbiter.
- n. The point, in an orbit about any planet, that is farthest from the planet: the apoapsis of any satellite.
- n. The point, in any trajectory of an object in space, where it is furthest from the Earth.
- n. The highest point.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. That point in the orbit of the moon which is at the greatest distance from the earth.
- n. Fig.: The farthest or highest point; culmination.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. Figuratively, the highest or most distant point; climax; culmination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a final climactic stage
- n. apoapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is at the greatest distance from the Earth
French apogée, from New Latin apogaeum, from Greek apogaion, from neuter of apogaios, far from the earth : apo-, apo- + gaia, earth.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Latin apogeum, apogaeum and French apogée, from Ancient Greek ἀπόγειον (apogeion, "away from Earth"), from ἀπό (apo, "away") + γῆ (gē, "Earth"). (Wiktionary)