a. Astronomy The point in an orbit around the planet Earth where the orbiting body is farthest from the planet.
b. The analogous point in an orbit around a celestial body other than Earth. Not in technical use.
2. 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).
[Frenchapogée, fromNew Latinapogaeum, fromGreekapogaion, fromneuter ofapogaios, far from the earth : apo-, apo- + gaia, earth.]
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