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Definitions of appearance

  1. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. outward or visible aspect of a person or thing Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a mental representation; "I tried to describe his appearance to the police" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance surprised me. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an appearance in the sky. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Probability; likelihood. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. The act of appearing: the thing seen: apparent likeness: arrival: show. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Coming in sight; that which appears; probability; show. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. An appearing; that which appears; aspect; semblance; indication; advent; publication. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. The act of appearing; the thing seen; a phenomenon; apparent likeness; semblance; outward show; introduction to the public in a particular character; look and bearing. A coming into court. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. A coming in sight; the thing seen; the look of a person or thing; pretence; show. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for appearance

  1. But though Jesus was in the world, the time for His appearance as the Messiah had not yet come. – A Life of St. John for the Young by George Ludington Weed
  2. So I to the office and he away, and at noon I home to dinner, and all the afternoon late with Gibson at my chamber about my present great business, only a little in the afternoon at the office about Sir D. Gawden's accounts, and so to bed and slept heartily, my wife and I at good peace, but my heart troubled and her mind not at ease, I perceive, she against and I for the girle, to whom I have not said anything these three days, but resolve to be mighty strange in appearance to her. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke