perigee

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noun peri·gee \ˈper-ə-(ˌ)jē\

Definition of perigee

  1. :  the point in the orbit of an object (as a satellite) orbiting the earth that is nearest to the center of the earth; also :  the point nearest a planet or a satellite (as the moon) reached by an object orbiting it — compare apogee

perigean

play \ˌper-ə-ˈjē-ən\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of perigee

Middle French, from New Latin perigeum, from Greek perigeion, from neuter of perigeios near the earth, from peri- + earth


First Known Use: 1594


PERIGEE Defined for English Language Learners

perigee

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noun peri·gee \ˈper-ə-(ˌ)jē\

Definition of perigee for English Language Learners

  • : the point in outer space where an object traveling around the Earth (such as a satellite or the moon) is closest to the Earth


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