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  1. pressed closely against or fitting closely to something.
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Origin of appressed

1785–95; < Latin appress(us) pressed to (past participle of apprimere), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + pressus (see press1) + -ed2
Related formssub·ap·pressed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for appressed

Historical Examples

  • Pileoli innumerable, inflexed and appressed, plicate, brown.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • Most leaves spread from the stem, but some are appressed, as in the Arbor-vit (Fig. 7).

  • Leaf-buds small, short, obtuse, appressed; leaf-scars prominent.

  • Leaf-buds small, short, pointed and with curved tips, appressed.

  • Leaf-buds small, short, pointed, appressed; leaf-scars prominent.

British Dictionary definitions for appressed


  1. pressed closely against, but not joined to, a surfaceleaves appressed to a stem
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin appressus, from apprimere, from premere to press
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