[ uh-puhls ]
/ əˈpʌls /


energetic motion toward a point.
the act of striking against something.
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

Related forms

ap·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


/ (əˈpʌls) /


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

Derived Forms

appulsive, 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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