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Examples of apex in a Sentence
she reached the apex of fame, only to find it wasn't what she expected
the apex of the spear
Recent Examples of apex from the Web
The Lowveld already has nutrient-poor soil, and deficient plants can make for poor sustenance for animals, which can push these deficiencies up the food chain from grass-grazing species like buffalo to apex predators like lions.
At the apex of this isolated economy sits the national guard.
The apex of the domed white ceiling reaches 87 feet to allow for punting and kicking.
Warner Bros Ready Player One, both the 2011 novel and the new film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg, are all about pop culture nostalgia, specifically the sort that regards the 1980s as the apex of awesome.
Her life’s work exists at the apex of stress reduction and performance enhancement, which is why the Department of Homeland Security is a client.
The apex of the weekend is supposed to be the Saturday night finale, the GOP debate.
The Indiana Wildlife Federation also worried that removing an apex predator like the bobcat could weaken a key part of the food chain that helps control other populations such as deer.
At its apex in 1994, the Sun sold 4.3m copies a day, many to swing voters.
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Did You Know?
Apex entered English from Latin, where it originally meant "a small rod at the top of a flamen's cap." What's a flamen's cap? Flamens were priests who devoted themselves to serving just one of the many ancient Roman gods (for instance, just Jupiter or Mars). Those priests wore distinctive conical caps that English speakers dubbed "flamen's caps." Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century dramatist Ben Jonson was one of the few English writers known to have used "apex" in its flamen's-cap sense: "Upon his head a hat of delicate wool, whose top ended in a cone, and was thence called apex."
Origin and Etymology of apex
First Known Use: 1601See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of apex
- at the summit of the Victorian social scene
- an artist working at the peak of her powers
- the pinnacle of worldly success
- the war was the climax to a series of hostile actions
- the apex of Dutch culture
- a statue that was once deemed the acme of beauty
- the culmination of years of effort
APEX Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of apex for English Language Learners
: the top or highest point of something
APEX Defined for Kids
medical Definition of apex
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