- energetic motion toward a point.
- the act of striking against something.
- Astronomy. the approach or occurrence of conjunction between two celestial bodies.
Origin of appulse
1620–30; < Latin appulsus driven to, landed (past participle of appellere), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + pul- (variant stem of pellere to drive, push) + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
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Examples from the Web for appulse
May not the effect be mechanical, the appulse of the air separating the flame from the wick.The Life of Sir Humphrey Davy, Bart. LL.D., Volume 2 (of 2)
John Ayrton Paris
The appulse or near approach is but one of the methods by which the spiral nebul may have come into existence.Astronomy
Appulse, ap-puls′, n. a striking against: the approach of a planet to a conjunction with the sun or a star.
Every appulse of life against matter means an added push in the direction of spiritualization.The Mystery of Space
Robert T. Browne
- a very close approach of two celestial bodies so that they are in conjunction but no eclipse or occultation occurs
C17: from Latin appulsus brought near, from appellere to drive towards, from pellere to drive
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