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Meaning of appearance by Wiktionary Dictionary

appearance


    Alternative forms

    • appearaunce

    Etymology

    From French apparence, from Latin apparentia, from appareo. Displaced native Middle Englishwlite ( from Middle English wlite ( “appearance” ) ) .

    Pronunciation

    • ( RP ) IPA: /əˈpɪəɹəns/
    • ( GenAm ) IPA: /əˈpɪɹəns/
    • Hyphenation: ap‧pear‧ance

    Noun

    appearance ( plural: appearances )

    1. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye .
      His sudden appearance surprised me .
    2. A thing seen; a phenomenon; an apparition .
      There was a strange appearance in the sky .
    3. Personal presence; look; aspect; mien .
      And now am come to see . . . It thy appearance answer loud report. – Milton .
    4. apparent likeness; external show; how something appears to others .
      Some people say I'm shallow because I care so much about my appearance
      There was upon the tabernacle, as it were, the appearance of fire. – Num. ix. 15 .
      For man looketh on the outward appearance. – 1 Sam. xvi. 7 .
      Judge not according to the appearance. – John. vii. 24 .
    5. The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character .
      A person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator .
      David Beckham's first appearance with the LA Galaxy at Giants Stadium against the New York Red Bulls last night drew a crowd of 66237 .
      Will he now retire, After appearance, and again prolong Our expectation? – John Milton .
    6. ( law ) The coming into court of either of the parties; the being present in court; the coming into court of a party summoned in an action, either by himself or by his attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a party proceeded against places himself before the court, and submits to its jurisdiction .
    7. ( medicine ), chiefly used by nurses: the act of defecation by a patient .
      The patient had a small bowel obstruction and there was no appearance until after the obstruction resolved .

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    • appearance in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

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Explanation of appearance by Wordnet Dictionary

appearance


    Noun
    1. the act of appearing in public view

    2. the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period
      it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America
    3. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression

    4. they try to keep up appearances
    5. formal attendance ( in court or at a hearing ) of a party in an action

    6. outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

    7. a mental representation

    8. I tried to describe his appearance to the police
    9. the event of coming into sight



    Definition of appearance by GCIDE Dictionary

    appearance


    1. Appearance n. [F. apparence, L. apparentia, fr. apparere. See Appear.]
      1. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, “his sudden appearance surprised me”.

      2. A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, “an appearance in the sky”.

      3. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien.

      And now am come to see . . .

      It thy appearance answer loud report. Milton.

      4. Semblance, or apparent likeness; external show. pl. Outward signs, or circumstances, fitted to make a particular impression or to determine the judgment as to the character of a person or a thing, an act or a state; as, “appearances are against him”.

      There was upon the tabernacle, as it were, the appearance of fire. Num. ix. 15.

      For man looketh on the outward appearance. 1 Sam. xvi. 7.

      Judge not according to the appearance. John. vii. 24.

      5. The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character; as, “a person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator”.

      Will he now retire,

      After appearance, and again prolong

      Our expectation? Milton.

      6. Probability; likelihood. [Obs.]

      There is that which hath no appearance. Bacon.

      7. ( Law ) The coming into court of either of the parties; the being present in court; the coming into court of a party summoned in an action, either by himself or by his attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a party proceeded against places himself before the court, and submits to its jurisdiction. Burrill. Bouvier. Daniell.

      To put in an appearance, to be present; to appear in person. -- To save appearances, to preserve a fair outward show.

      Syn. -- Coming; arrival; presence; semblance; pretense; air; look; manner; mien; figure; aspect.