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appel

[uh-pel, a-pel; French a-pel] /əˈpɛl, æˈpɛl; French aˈpɛl/
noun, plural appels
[uh-pelz, a-pelz; French a-pel] /əˈpɛlz, æˈpɛlz; French aˈpɛl/ (Show IPA).
Fencing.
1.
a tap or stamp of the foot, formerly serving as a warning of one's intent to attack, but now also used as a feint.
2.
a sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.
Origin of appel
From French; See origin at appeal
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  • And say, appel, you ain't seen nobody but only Quinlan and Geltfin—eh?

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    Irvin S. Cobb
  • Wallie did not seem displeased by the accusation as he passed on to Mrs. appel.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • I had not observed that it was warmer than usual, Mrs. appel.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • "Aw—you'll be back when it gets cold weather," said Mr. appel.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • It had been years since Mr. appel had spoken to his wife like that.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • "Undoubtedly," agreed Mr. appel, getting up out of the aisle.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • To use the French terms, there cannot be appel, but there may be cassation.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • Besides, Mr. appel was his only dangerous opponent on the bowling alley, and he had learned to ride at the riding academy.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • Miss Spenceley was talking to Mr. appel, who was listening so attentively that Wallie wondered what she was saying.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
  • "There seems to be some kind of a ruckus," Mr. appel remarked as he stood up and leaned out the window.

    The Dude Wrangler

    Caroline Lockhart
British Dictionary definitions for appel

appel

/əˈpɛl; French apɛl/
noun (fencing)
1.
a stamp of the foot, used to warn of one's intent to attack
2.
a sharp blow with the blade made to procure an opening
Word Origin
from French: challenge

Appel

/Dutch ˈɑpəl/
noun
1.
Karel (ˈkaːrəl). 1921–2006, Dutch abstract expressionist painter
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