appel

appel

[uh-pel, a-pel; French a-pel]
noun, plural appels [uh-pelz, a-pelz; French a-pel] . Fencing.
1.
a tap or stamp of the foot, formerly serving as a warning of one's intent to attack, but now also used as a feint.
2.
a sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.

Origin:
< French; see appeal

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appel (əˈpɛl, French apɛl)
 
n
1.  a stamp of the foot, used to warn of one's intent to attack
2.  a sharp blow with the blade made to procure an opening
 
[from French: challenge]

Appel (Dutch ˈɑpəl)
 
n
Karel (ˈkaːrəl). 1921--2006, Dutch abstract expressionist painter

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