energetic motion toward a point.
the act of striking against something.
Astronomy. the approach or occurrence of conjunction between two celestial bodies.

Nearby words

  1. approximately,
  2. approximation,
  3. approximation suture,
  4. appt.,
  5. apptd.,
  6. appurtenance,
  7. appurtenances,
  8. appurtenant,
  9. apr,
  10. apr.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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
Derived Formsappulsive, adjectiveappulsively, adverb

Word Origin for appulse

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

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