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. appulse.]

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. Cyc.

(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

2. To come near to; to approach.

The telescope approximates perfection.
J. Morse.

(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.
I. Taylor.

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 prop. [Obs.]

If a vine be to climb trees that are of any great height, there would be stays and appuies set to it.

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