Apogee

Apogee

ˈapəjē

Noun

  • The highest point in the development of something; a climax or culmination.
  • The point in the orbit of the moon or a satellite at which it is furthest from the earth.

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Example Sentences

“Earning a doctorate is considered the apogee in academic achievement.”

“Once she reaches the apogee of her research project, she can pass along the data to others.”

“When the satellite is at the apogee, it can be prone to losing signal.”

Word Origin

French, late 16th century

Why this word?

In astronomy, the apogee is the point in a satellite’s orbit at which it is the farthest away from Earth, but the perigee is the opposite. It’s the point in the orbit at which the satellite is the closest to Earth.

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