1. <astronomy> That point in the orbit of the moon which is at the greatest distance from the earth.

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. The farthest or highest point; culmination.

Origin: Gr. From the earth; from +, earth: cf. F. Apogee.

(01 Mar 1998)

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