ˈaˌp- also -lts
plural -s
: 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 armiesR. S. Ellery
: the apparent very near approach of one celestial body to another : a coming into conjunction see lunar appulse

Word History


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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“Appulse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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