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appulse

[uh-puhls] /əˈpʌls/
noun
1.
energetic motion toward a point.
2.
the act of striking against something.
3.
Astronomy. the approach or occurrence of conjunction between two celestial bodies.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Latin appulsus driven to, landed (past participle of appellere), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + pul- (variant stem of pellere to drive, push) + -sus, variant of -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
appulsive, adjective
appulsively, adverb
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appulse

/əˈpʌls/
noun
1.
a very close approach of two celestial bodies so that they are in conjunction but no eclipse or occultation occurs
Derived Forms
appulsive, adjective
appulsively, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin appulsus brought near, from appellere to drive towards, from pellere to drive
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