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definition of the word appearance

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Rank of this word in the English language, from analyzing texts from Project Gutenberg.
simple fresh noble #712: appearance period William remain

From French apparence, from Latin apparentia, from appareo.

Singular
appearance

Plural
appearances

appearance (plural appearances)

  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 seen; 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. (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.


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