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English Dictionary: appearance by the DICT Development Group
2 results for appearance
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. outward or visible aspect of a person or thing [syn: appearance, visual aspect]
  2. the event of coming into sight
    Antonym(s): disappearance
  3. formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
    Synonym(s): appearance, appearing, coming into court
  4. a mental representation; "I tried to describe his appearance to the police"
  5. the act of appearing in public view; "the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period"; "it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America"
    Antonym(s): disappearance, disappearing
  6. pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony is just for show"
    Synonym(s): appearance, show
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Appearance \Ap*pear"ance\, n. [F. apparence, L. apparentia, fr.
      apparere. See {Appear}.]
      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 seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an
            appearance in the sky.
      3. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect;
                     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.
      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. Probability; likelihood. [Obs.]
                     There is that which hath no appearance. --Bacon.
      7. (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.
      {To put in an appearance}, to be present; to appear in
      {To save appearances}, to preserve a fair outward show.
      Syn: Coming; arrival; presence; semblance; pretense; air;
               look; manner; mien; figure; aspect.
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