2. To come near to; to approach.
The telescope approximates perfection.
(Ap*prox"i*mate), v. i. To draw; to approach.
(Ap*prox"i*mate*ly) adv. With approximation; so as to approximate; nearly.
(Ap*prox`i*ma"tion) n. [Cf. F. approximation, LL. approximatio.]
1. The act of approximating; a drawing, advancing or being near; approach; also, the result of approximating.
The largest capacity and the most noble dispositions are but an approximation to the proper standard
and true symmetry of human nature.
2. An approach to a correct estimate, calculation, or conception, or to a given quantity, quality, etc.
3. (Math.) (a) A continual approach or coming nearer to a result; as, to solve an equation by approximation.
(b) A value that is nearly but not exactly correct.
(Ap*prox"i*ma*tive) a. [Cf. F. approximatif.] Approaching; approximate. Ap*prox"i*ma*tive*ly,
adv. Ap*prox"i*ma*tive*ness, n.
(Ap*prox"i*ma`tor) n. One who, or that which, approximates.
(||Ap`pui") n. [F., fr. L. ad + podium foothold, Gr. dim. of foot.] A support or supporter; a stay; a
If a vine be to climb trees that are of any great height, there would be stays and appuies set to it. Point d'appui [F., a point of support.] (Mil.) (a) A given point or body, upon which troops are formed,
or by which are marched in line or column. (b) An advantageous defensive support, as a castle, morass,
wood, declivity, etc.
(Ap"pulse) n. [L. appulsus, fr. appellere, appulsum, to drive to; ad + pellere to drive: cf. F.
1. A driving or running towards; approach; impulse; also, the act of striking against.
In all consonants there is an appulse of the organs.
2. (Astron.) The near approach of one heavenly body to another, or to the meridian; a coming into conjunction; as,
the appulse of the moon to a star, or of a star to the meridian.
(Ap*pul"sion) n. A driving or striking against; an appulse.
(Ap*pul"sive) a. Striking against; impinging; as, the appulsive influence of the planets. P.
(Ap*pul"sive*ly), adv. By appulsion.
(Ap*pur"te*nance) n. [OF. apurtenaunce, apartenance, F. appartenance, LL. appartenentia,
from L. appertinere. See Appertain.] That which belongs to something else; an adjunct; an appendage; an
accessory; something annexed to another thing more worthy; in common parlance and legal acceptation,
something belonging to another thing as principal, and which passes as incident to it, as a right of way,
or other easement to land; a right of common to pasture, an outhouse, barn, garden, or orchard, to a