Definitions

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

  • adj. Lying flat or pressed closely against something, as hairs on certain plant stems.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of appress.
  • adj. Closely flattened down.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pressed close to, or lying against, something for its whole length, as against a stem.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pressed closely against; fitting closely to; apposed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. pressed close to or lying flat against something

Etymologies

From Latin appressus, past participle of apprimere, to press down : ad-, ad- + premere, to press; see per-4 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Leaves may be sclerophyllous or coated on the undersurface with appressed hairs to conserve water, and they remain evergreen throughout an extended dry season.

    Yunnan Plateau subtropical evergreen forests

  • As she watched him stalking around the little house, red with rage, body taut as a watch spring with appressed aggression and his mouth constantly spewing Obscenities, she pictured him in his coffin.

    two women

  • The pods are stout, compressed, slightly curved near the apex, 6 - 11 cm long, 2 cm wide and densely covered with stiff, somewhat appressed, brown, very irritating, stinging hairs.

    Chapter 9

  • The flowers are small (though larger than those of many cultivated yams), about 3 mm long, closely appressed to the pedicel in long axillary or terminal racemes.

    Chapter 37

  • The name volva is particularly given to that part of the universal veil which remains around the base of the stem, either sheathing it or appressed closely to it, or in torn fragments.

    Among the Mushrooms A Guide For Beginners

  • BUDS -- terminal buds usually 3/8 to 3/4 of an inch long, subglobose to narrowly ovate, with 8-10 imbricate scales, the outermost of which are a blackish brown with dark brown tomentum, and a short mucronate or attenuate apex, inner scales light brown with longer lanate pubescence and apex acute to obtuse; lateral buds smaller, about 1/4 of an inch with tightly appressed scales.

    Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the 44th Annual Meeting Rochester, N.Y. August 31 and September 1, 1953

  • It is a herb with a rosette of fleshy, oblong leaves, 1 to 3 in. long, appressed to the ground, of a pale colour and with a sticky surface.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4 "Bulgaria" to "Calgary"

  • The importance of prolonging the moistened condition as long as possible is further shown by special adaptations to retain water either between the appressed lobes of the leaves or in special pitcher-like sacs.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • The _spikelets_ are about 1/16 inch long, ovate-lanceolate, acute or acuminate dark or pale green, sometimes purplish, solitary or two to four on long slender pedicels, drooping, never appressed, and with glandular streaks.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

  • Branches are capillary, stiff and spreading, horizontally verticillate or subverticillate, the lowest whorl consisting of five to sixteen or seventeen branches and the others from three to nine, shining, swollen at the point of insertion and provided with a glandular scar a little above the point of insertion; branchlets are very close, appressed to the rachis of the branch never drooping or spreading, each bearing two to five spikelets.

    A Handbook of Some South Indian Grasses

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