from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An outward or token appearance.
  • noun A representation; a copy.
  • noun The barest trace; a modicum.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state or fact of being like of similar; likeness; similarity; resemblance.
  • noun Likeness; image; exterior form.
  • noun Face; countenance; aspect.
  • noun Appearance; outward seeming; show.

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

  • noun Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form.
  • noun Likeness; resemblance, actual or apparent; similitude.

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

  • noun likeness, similarity; the quality of being similar.
  • noun Seeming; appearance; show; figure; form.

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

  • noun picture consisting of a graphic image of a person or thing
  • noun an outward or token appearance or form that is deliberately misleading
  • noun an erroneous mental representation


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

[Middle English, from Old French, from sembler, to resemble; see semblable.]


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