Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sports A quick stamp of the foot used in fencing as a feint to produce an opening.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of striking the ground with the leading foot to frighten, distract, or mislead one's opponent.
  • v. Obsolete spelling of appeal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tap or stamp of the foot as a warning of intent to attack; -- called also attack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In fencing, a smart stroke with the blade on the sword of an antagonist on the opposite side to that which he engaged, generally accompanied with a stamp of the foot, used for the purpose of procuring an opening.
  • n. A stroke on the opponent's foil or sword designed to notify him that the bout is to begin.
  • n. The stamping of the foot during ceremonial salutes prior to the bout. See salute.

Etymologies

French, from appeler, to call, from Old French apeler, to appeal; see appeal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • And finally, for any eBay sellers, check out today's New York Times, which provides some nice cautionary tales for those who don't check their spelling when putting stuff up for auction a quick search found an older "appel" imac going for under $60, Seafarers of "Cataan" with the expansion, and some "Warhamer" games.

    Long Day

  • Twice every day we stood "appel" which meant that we gathered in a military formation with each barracks as a separate group to be counted by the German guards.

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  • Every morning we had to line up outside our barracks for 'appel' (roll call) when we were counted by the German camp commander and guards.

    The Biography of a Rabbit

  • Whoever googles 'appel' (Dutch for apple) will not only come across sites in Dutch about the apple, but also search results about the artist Karel Appel and other namesakes.

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  • L'avocat général a requis vendredi de quinze à vingt ans de prison contre Jacques Viguier, professeur de droit toulousain jugé en appel par la cour d'assises du Tarn pour le meurtre de son épouse, Suzanne, mystérieusement disparue depuis le 27 février 2000. 19

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  • Prions tous pour nos propres pilotes à qui on a fait appel, pour une fin rapide des combats, et pour l'instauration d'un gouvernement de la Libye par les libyens qui respecte les droits de l'homme.

    Bishop Pierre Whalon: 'Just War' And The Intervention In Libya

  • Le fait que Qaddafi a dû faire appel à une armée mercenaire pour essayer de réprimer le soulèvement de son peuple pourrait être un autre cas de figure : la communauté internationale a-t-elle le droit d'intervenir dans une telle situation ?

    Bishop Pierre Whalon: 'Just War' And The Intervention In Libya

  • L'avocat général a requis vendredi de quinze à vingt ans de prison contre Jacques Viguier, professeur de droit toulousain jugé en appel par la cour d'assises du Tarn pour le meurtre de son épouse, Suzanne, mystérieusement disparue depuis le 27 février 2000.

    Disappearance

  • Suc de mere What struck me (apart from the sheer mind-boggling fact that these languages, firmly behind the Iron Curtain twenty years ago, are now on display in Tesco's) was that the root for "apple" (and Dutch appel, German Apfel; plus, I am told, Irish abhal and úll and Welsh afal) clearly also lies behind Russian яблоко, Lithuanian obuolys, Latvian ābols and Bulgarian ябълка.

    Apple juice

  • May 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm an wun 4 mii missus inn da backseet. her lubz da appel fridderz.

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