energetic motion toward a point.
the act of striking against something.
Astronomy. the approach or occurrence of conjunction between two celestial bodies.
- ap·pul·sive, adjective
- ap·pul·sive·ly, adverb
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How to use appulse in a sentence
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
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 next approximate appulse of the two bodies will occur in 1985, when the form of the comet's orbit may be sensibly modified.Comets and Meteors | Daniel Kirkwood
The appulse or near approach is but one of the methods by which the spiral nebul may have come into existence.Astronomy | David Todd
British Dictionary definitions for appulse
a very close approach of two celestial bodies so that they are in conjunction but no eclipse or occultation occurs
- appulsive, adjective
- appulsively, adverb
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