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  • n. An energetic movement towards or against something
  • n. conjunction or occultation
  • n. a close approach of two heavenly bodies

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A driving or running towards; approach; impulse; also, the act of striking against.
  • n. The near approach of one heavenly body to another, or to the meridian; a coming into conjunction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of striking against or driving upon something; active or energetic approach.
  • n. In astronomy, the approach of any planet to a conjunction with the sun or a star.
  • n. 3. A coming to land, as of a vessel: as, β€œthe appulse of the ark,”

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  • "... in astronomy, the approach of any planet towards a star or the sun. According to some authors, the word appulse is employed when two luminaries are apparently in contact; while others, extending its signification, use it as synonimous (sic) with occultation, when the one body is completely obscured or hid by the other."
    β€”Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 19

    October 14, 2008