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apogee

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Definition the point at which an orbiting body is most distant from the body being orbited — especially an orbit around earth

or more generally:  the most distant or highest point
  • when the absurdity hits it's apogee
  • The moon it at it's apogee.
  • The forms go forth powerfully, but inevitably reach their apogee, break, and return.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • I beg your pardon, but I grant the term 'classic' its place where it is applicable, that is, whenever an idea has achieved its apogee.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Adolfo wound up and let his arm come quickly forward, but his nervousness didn't allow his hand to release the ball until it had passed its apogee.
    W. William Winokur  --  The Perfect Game
  • Scoop VII immediately went into stable orbit with an apogee of 317 miles and a perigee of 224 miles.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • But love reached its apogee when Sister Mary Joseph Praise came to work alongside him in Ethiopia, and then it had never wavered.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • As it gets lighter it sheds its mass, until somewhere between cream and pearl, halfway to its apogee, it will seem like a burst of smoke that wants to run away on the wind.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • It would be forty-four years before physicist Donald Olson would discover that D-Day at Tarawa occurred during one of only two days in 1943 when the moon's apogee coincided with a neap tide, resulting in a tidal range of only a few inches rather than several feet.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • And as an ongoing prospect, after Amsterdam, which was really my Damascus, the way station and apogee of my Conversion as I guess you'd call it, I continue to be immensely moved by the impermanence of hotels: not in any mundane Travel-and-Leisure way but with a fervor bordering on the transcendent.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Milton's Paradise Lost and Pope's Iliad represent the Homeric apogee of the classical epic tradition; the Romantic preference for personal lyric over heroic epic did not extinguish Homer's influence, and the twentieth century found powerful new ways to use the old poem, from Joyce's Ulysses to Derek Walcott's Omeros.
    Homer  --  The Iliad
  • McKisco's contacts with the princely classes in America had impressed upon him their uncertain and fumbling snobbery, their delight in ignorance and their deliberate rudeness, all lifted from the English with no regard paid to factors that make English philistinism and rudeness purposeful, and applied in a land where a little knowledge and civility buy more than they do anywhere else—an attitude which reached its apogee in the "Harvard manner" of about 1900.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • Iranians have always considered Switzerland the apogee of civilization: a small, clean country where bus drivers don't have to check for tickets since everyone is so genetically honest.
    Dumas Firoozeh  --  Funny in Farsi
  • The apogee.
    David Wroblewski  --  The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
  • ...proved impossible that a more adaptable and differently anatomically constructed race of beings might subsist otherwise under Martian, Mercurial, Veneral, Jovian, Saturnian, Neptunian or Uranian sufficient and equivalent conditions, though an apogean humanity of beings created in varying forms with finite differences resulting similar to the whole and to one another would probably there as here remain inalterably and inalienably attached to vanities, to vanities of vanities and to all...
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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