from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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


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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."

    Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816), 19

    October 14, 2008