Perigee meaning

pĕr'ə-jē
The point in an orbit around the planet Earth where the orbiting body is closest to the planet.
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The analogous point in an orbit around a celestial body other than Earth. Not in technical use.
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The point nearest to the earth in the orbit of the moon or of a man-made satellite.
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The lowest or nearest point.
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The point nearest Earth's center in the orbit of the Moon or an artificial satellite.
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The point in an orbit that is nearest to the body being orbited.
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See apogee.
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(astronomy) The point, in an orbit about the Earth, that is closest to the Earth: the periapsis of an Earth orbiter.
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(astronomy, more generally) The point, in an orbit about any planet, that is closest to the planet: the periapsis of any satellite.
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(perhaps archaic except astrology) The point, in any trajectory of an object in space, where it is closest to the Earth.
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Origin of perigee

  • French périgée from Medieval Latin perigēum from Late Greek perigeion Greek peri- peri- Greek earth
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Via Latin perigeum, perigaeum, ultimately from Ancient Greek περί (peri, “near") + γῆ (gÄ“, “Earth").
    From Wiktionary