perilune
noun Etymology: peri- + Latin luna moon — more at lunar Date: 1960 the point in the path of a body orbiting the moon that is nearest to the center of the moon — compare apolune

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  • périlune — [peʀilyn] n. m. ÉTYM. XXe; de péri , et lune. ❖ ♦ Astron. Périastre d un satellite lunaire. ❖ CONTR. Apolune …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • perilune — [per′ə lo͞on΄] n. [ PERI + LUNE1] the orbital point nearest to the moon of an artificial satellite launched from, and in orbit around, the moon …   English World dictionary

  • perilune — /per i loohn /, n. the point in a lunar orbit that is nearest to the moon. Cf. apolune. [1955 60; PERI + lune < L luna moon, on the model of PERIGEE] * * * …   Universalium

  • perilune — noun The point of an elliptical lunar orbit where the distance between the satellite and the Moon is at its minimum. Ant: apolune …   Wiktionary

  • perilune — perɪluːn n. point of a lunar orbit which is closest to the moon …   English contemporary dictionary

  • perilune — [ pɛrɪlu:n] noun the point at which a spacecraft in lunar orbit is closest to the moon. The opposite of apolune. Origin 1960s: from peri + L. luna moon , on the pattern of perigee …   English new terms dictionary

  • perilune — peri·lune …   English syllables

  • perilune — per•i•lune [[t]ˈpɛr ɪˌlun[/t]] n. ars astron. the point in a lunar orbit that is nearest to the moon • Etymology: 1955–60; peri + lune < L lūna moon …   From formal English to slang

  • perilune — /ˈpɛrilun/ (say pereeloohn) noun the lowest point in the orbit of a body around the moon, measured from the moon s centre …   Australian English dictionary

  • perilune —   n. point in the path of a body orbiting the moon that is nearest to the centre of the moon …   Dictionary of difficult words

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