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Meaning of PERIGEE

Pronunciation:  'peree`jee

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  periapsis in Earth orbit; the point in its orbit where a satellite is nearest to the Earth

PERIGEE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Antonyms: apogee
 See Also: periapsis, point of periapsis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Per"i*gee\, Perigeum \Per`i*ge"um\, n. [NL. perigeum,
fr. Gr. ? about, near + ? the earth: cf. F. p['e]rig['e]e.]
That point in the orbit of the moon which is nearest to the
earth; -- opposed to {apogee}. It is sometimes, but rarely,
used of the nearest points of other orbits, as of a comet, a
planet, etc. Called also {epigee}, {epigeum}.

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