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From Latin apex ("point, tip, summit"), from ap? ("fasten, attach").
apex (plural apices or apexes)
- The highest or the greatest point of something.
- the apex of the building
- (figuratively) The moment of greatest success, expansion, etc.
- the apex of civilization
- (geometry) The topmost vertex of a cone or pyramid (in their conventional orientation).
- (chiefly anatomy) The "pointed" fine end of something.
- The lowest part of the human heart.
- The deepest part of a tooth's root.
- (botany) The end of a leaf, petal or similar organ opposed to the end where it is attached to its support; the tip.
- (astronomy) The point on the celestial sphere toward which the sun appears to move relative to nearby stars.
- (physics) The lowest point on a pendant drop of a liquid.
- (mining, US) The end or edge of a vein nearest the surface.
- (typography) A diacritic in Classical Latin that resembles and gave rise to the acute.
- (typography) A diacritic in Middle Vietnamese that indicates /m/.
- (typography) A sharp upward point formed by two strokes that meet at an acute angle, as in "W", uppercase "A", and closed-top "4", or by a tapered stroke, as in lowercase "t".
- (attributive, ecology) The top of the food chain
- An apex predator, also known as an alpha predator or top predator, is a predator at the top of a food chain, with no natural predators
- Armenian: (hy) (gagat?)
- Bulgarian: ? (bg) (vr?h), (vr?hna to?ka)
- Catalan: àpex (ca) m
- Mandarin: ? (zh), ? (zh) (d?ng), ? (zh) (ji?n), (zh), (zh) (d?ngdi?n), (zh), (zh) (d?ngdu?n), (zh) (ji?ndu?n)
- Dutch: top (nl) m, spits (nl) c
- Finnish: huippu (fi)
- French: apex (fr) m, sommet (fr) m
- Galician: ápice f
- German: Gipfel (de) m
- Greek: (el) f (koryfí)
- Ancient: n (ákron)
moment of greatest success, expansion, etc
- Mandarin: (zh), (zh) (di?nf?ng), (zh), (zh) (jízhì), (zh), (zh) (jídi?n), (zh), (zh) (juéd?ng)
- Dutch: top (nl) m
- Finnish: huippu (fi), huipentuma (fi)
- French: apogée (fr) f
- German: Gipfel (de) m
- Greek: (el) f (koryfí), ? (el) n (apógeio), (el) n (apokorýfoma)
in geometry: topmost vertex of a cone or pyramid
From Proto-Indo-European *h?ep- ("to join, fit"). Cognate with Latin ap?.
apex m (genitive apicis); third declension
- cap of a priest (flamen); hat, helmet, crown
- apex, macron (long mark over a vowel)
- vocative singular of apex
- apex in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- apex in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- apex in Charles du Fresne du Cange's Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883-1887)
- apex in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
- apex in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
- apex in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin