[ uh-puhls ]
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  1. energetic motion toward a point.

  2. the act of striking against something.

  1. 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

Other words from appulse

  • ap·pul·sive, adjective
  • ap·pul·sive·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for appulse


/ (əˈpʌls) /

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

Origin of appulse

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

Derived forms of appulse

  • appulsive, adjective
  • appulsively, adverb

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