Main meanings of apex in English

: apex1Apex2


Pronunciation /ˈeɪpɛks/

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nounplural noun apexes, plural noun apices/ˈeɪpɪsiːz/

  • 1The top or highest part of something, especially one forming a point.

    ‘the apex of the roof’
    • ‘the central bank is at the apex of the financial system’
    • ‘Crucks, great curving oak trunks arching from ground level to the apex of a building, were one of the classic ways in the Middle Ages of providing a basic framework for a building, and a means to support its roof.’
    • ‘The mountain range's east summit comes next and then the rocky perch that is the 3776 ft summit, the apex of the quartet of ridges.’
    • ‘The pitched roof of each shelter was 2.2 m above ground level at its apex and 1.5 m high along the sides and ends.’
    • ‘On a calm day, ventilation is mostly achieved by the stack effect, whereby warm air generated by the livestock rises and is expelled through the opening in the roof apex and is replaced by fresh air drawn in at the eave inlets.’
    • ‘Natural light floods in from a slot cut into the apex of the pitched roof and tactful spotlighting emphasizes particular pieces.’
    • ‘And if we look to our left from the upper deck of the bus our eyes are level with the apex of what appears to be the outline of a boat's prow pointing to the sky, or a slender Norman arch in grey stone.’
    • ‘They were clamped at their bases to a concrete ring beam and bent while still green, tied together in pairs at the apex of the roof.’
    • ‘These, braced by a series of steel tendons, taper towards the apex of the roof.’
    • ‘These bones, whatever their true nature, are notable for extending thin lamina under the surface of the adjacent dermal bones, thus presumably adding stability to the apex of the skull roof.’
    • ‘In most areas the original flat, bituminised felt covered roof had been overlain with a profiled metal decking set as a pitched roof with slopes falling from a central apex.’
    • ‘The left-hand wing houses an oval entrance porch that leads to a fine reception hall decorated in pink with Ionic columns, a marble fireplace and a lantern-style window high in the central apex of the ceiling.’
    • ‘A monumental structure especially characteristic of ancient Egypt, often built as a royal tomb and usually made of stone, with a square base and sloping sides meeting centrally at an apex.’
    • ‘The evidence for this is a cruck, a pair of large and matching curved timbers reaching from the ground to the apex of the roof, a characteristic of medieval timber-framed buildings.’
    • ‘The Kahri kingdom was built and founded throughout the forested hills, conformed to the contour of the land with the temple at its apex to top off the grand city.’
    • ‘From this level on to the apex of the pyramid, it was then simply a matter of piling up more blocks.’
    • ‘The monks chanting fills the half - ruined building, spiralling up to the apex of the ceiling, the monks themselves out of sight, doing their work.’
    • ‘An archway's most important stone is the keystone, the wedge-shaped piece of rock at its apex.’
    • ‘Up in the heights of the room, Bross could barely pick out the small windows that lined the apex of the ceiling.’
    • ‘I don't know if anyone's ever checked, but it's believed that he clambered up the dome of St Peter's, and scrawled his name at the apex, thus achieving the highest graffiti in the known world.’
    • ‘Much of it was subdued with shadows filling every corner reaching the apex of the vaulted ceiling.’
    tip, peak, summit, pinnacle, top, highest part, highest point, crest, vertex
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    1. 1.1Geometry The highest point in a plane or solid figure, relative to a base line or plane.
      ‘In contrast, Blake demonstrated that a triangle with a proximal apex and distal base is the most effective shape for rowing.’
      • ‘It has an uneven shape, being wider at the apex than at the base.’
      • ‘Slopes increased from the apex to the base, although the data were more scattered at the base.’
      • ‘In the methane molecule CH 4, for instance, the carbon atom is located at the center of a tetrahedron with the four hydrogen atoms located at the four apexes of the tetrahedron.’
      • ‘Spire angle is between 105-115 degrees with the apex markedly sharper.’
    2. 1.2Botany The growing point of a shoot.
      ‘Excision of the apex releases lateral shoot buds; these were removed and collected as one sample.’
      • ‘Shoot apices from three plants were dissected.’
      • ‘A shoot apex was considered dead if the terminal bud was absent or if it was dark-brown in colour, dehydrated or damaged.’
      • ‘The plant blooms in April and inflorescences are produced at the apex of shoots.’
      • ‘In order to maintain the leaf area constant throughout growth, leafy shoot vegetative growth was arrested by cutting the terminal apex and new lateral shoots were removed.’
  • 2The highest point of achievement; a climax.

    ‘the apex of his career was in 1966 when he hoisted aloft the World Cup for England’
    • ‘They were the apex of human technological achievement.’
    • ‘Masons viewed Solomon's temple as the apex of achievement and patterned their own Lodges after its design.’
    • ‘For a glorious 100-year period from the 16th century, Esfahan was the capital of Iran, a period when Persian art and architecture reached the apex of its achievement.’
    • ‘Scared of progress and acceptance, they cling on to the notion that comedy achieved its apex twenty years ago, from whenever now is.’
    • ‘Those figures are dwarfed by the estimated 350% achieved in Ireland, where many believe the apex has been reached.’
    • ‘Are we the apex, the best evolution can do, the highest possible achievement of nature?’
    • ‘It's not easy to reach the apex of anything in life without dedication and perseverance.’
    • ‘Its shares are approaching their apex and mere pennies away from their year-high of 712p.’
    • ‘This is the director at his apex, on top of the mountain and looking down on the minions of mendacity.’
    • ‘The drive to war is inseparably bound up with domestic policies aimed at enriching a financial oligarchy at the apex of society, through constant attacks on the living standards of working people.’
    • ‘Though the opposition was by no means in the same class, the context and quality of his innings was reminiscent of his solo stands against the Australians six seasons ago - the indisputable apex of his career.’
    • ‘They are at the apex of their respective careers.’
    • ‘He's at the apex of his career in terms of popularity, and he's just getting better with age.’
    • ‘The apex of his career was his 1994 performance at the Oscar Awards ceremony in Los Angeles, which brought him global recognition.’
    • ‘With Kirchner's move from Dresden to Berlin in 1911, city life became an important subject in his oeuvre and the apex of his artistic career.’
    • ‘The image of the man atop a tank was the apex of his career, the grand gesture for which he will be remembered in history.’
    • ‘The apex of my career was a trip to Russia with a team from Sherwood Park in April 1993.’
    • ‘That was the apex of a political career that proved a woman could thrive in the Westminster men's club.’
    • ‘The film was, for me, the apex of that ‘frivolous’ part of his career, balancing the comedy with enough drama to tug at those heartstrings.’
    • ‘In retrospect, it seems ever more likely that our mid-Nineties aging into the Coen Brothers coincided with the apex of their careers.’
    climax, culmination, culminating point, apotheosis
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  • 3Motorsports
    The point in turning a corner when the vehicle is closest to the edge of the track.

    ‘The tyre degradation is also quite severe, because the drivers are often braking under lateral acceleration so you need a well-balanced car that is going to hit the chosen apexes in the corners.’
    • ‘Most drivers maximize speed through track tactics, memorizing apexes, shifts and brake points.’
    • ‘With the aid of traction control, a driver can simply get to the apex of a corner and plant their right foot on the floor.’
    • ‘Good front end grip is key for all the twisty corners, and you need to be quick through the apexes.’
    • ‘You want to take the latest apex into the corner that you can, which means you want to run right into the edge of the debris and then turn it into the middle of the track.’


  • 1no object Reach a high point or climax.

    ‘melodic lines build up to the chorus and it apexes at the solo’
    • ‘In Argentina, differentiation on the basis of race starts with a color continuum apexing at ‘White,’ while ‘Black’ constitutes the base of the social pyramid.’
    • ‘Montana law, which allowed miners to pursue veins of ore that ‘apexed’ on their claims, regardless of where they led, handed judges enormous power-and enormous opportunity for corruption.’
    • ‘The hours and hours and hours of travel finally apexed with a few more hours and hours of travel which led to a couple more hours and hours of travel until I finally arrived in Seattle, the home of ‘really cold rain.’’
  • 2Motorsports
    with object Turn (a corner) very close to the edge of the track.

    ‘he understands when to apex a corner’
    • ‘Check for wannabes trying their luck down the inside and apex the slightly cambered Castrol Corner, a 90-degree right hander onto the 650m back straight.’
    • ‘The left hander is taken in 3rd gear at around 160 kph, and we will then be back on the power as soon as possible as we take 2, lifting only briefly to apex at around 220 kph.’


Early 17th century from Latin, ‘peak, tip’.

Main meanings of Apex in English

: apex1Apex2


Pronunciation /ˈeɪpɛks/

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mass noun
  • A system of reduced fares for scheduled airline flights and railway journeys which must be booked and paid for before a certain period in advance of departure.

    ‘Apex fares’
    • ‘There will be no change on Apex fares for South Wales customers, although there will be a rise of 2.5 per cent elsewhere.’
    • ‘Off peak tickets, including Apex, Advance and SuperAdvance, are also going up by an average of three per cent.’
    • ‘Fares will remain roughly the same with an Apex return fare at £16 for advance bookings.’
    • ‘Last month, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh took a First Great Western train from London to Chippenham, on an Apex fare of £39.70.’
    • ‘These will replace the current First and Standard Class Off-Peak, Apex, SuperAdvance and Leisure First tickets.’


1970s from Advance Purchase Excursion.