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apogee


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Apogee  \Ap"o*gee\,  n.  [Gr.  ?  from  the  earth;  ?  from  +  ?,  ?, 
  earth:  cf  F.  apog['e]e.] 
  1.  (Astron.)  That  point  in  the  orbit  of  the  moon  which  is  at 
  the  greatest  distance  from  the  earth. 
 
  Note:  Formerly,  on  the  hypothesis  that  the  earth  is  in  the 
  center  of  the  system,  this  name  was  given  to  that  point 
  in  the  orbit  of  the  sun,  or  of  a  planet,  which  was 
  supposed  to  be  at  the  greatest  distance  from  the  earth. 
 
  2.  Fig.:  The  farthest  or  highest  point;  culmination. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  apogee 
  n  1:  a  final  climactic  stage;  "their  achievements  stand  as  a 
  culmination  of  centuries  of  development"  [syn:  {culmination}] 
  2:  apoapsis  in  Earth  orbit;  the  point  in  its  orbit  where  a 
  satellite  is  at  the  greatest  distance  from  the  Earth  [ant: 
  {perigee}] 




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