appulse

noun ap·pulse \əˈpəls, aˈp-, ˈaˌp- also -lts\

Definition of appulse

plural

-s

  1. 1 :  a driving or running toward something (such as a place) :  act of striking against something (such as a point) the days have passed when national differences could be settled by the appulse of small professional armies — R. S. Ellery

  2. 2 :  the apparent very near approach of one celestial body to another :  a coming into conjunction — see lunar appulse

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Origin and Etymology of appulse

Latin appulsus driving forward, approach, from appulsus, past participle of appellere to drive toward, strike against, from ad- + pellere to drive, beat, push


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