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  1. energetic motion toward a point.
  2. the act of striking against something.
  3. Astronomy. the approach or occurrence of conjunction between two celestial bodies.
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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
Related formsap·pul·sive, adjectiveap·pul·sive·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • 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.


    David Todd

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for appulse


  1. a very close approach of two celestial bodies so that they are in conjunction but no eclipse or occultation occurs
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Derived Formsappulsive, adjectiveappulsively, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Latin appulsus brought near, from appellere to drive towards, from pellere to drive
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