Definition of Appearance

1. Noun. Outward or visible aspect of a person or thing.


2. Noun. The event of coming into sight.

3. Noun. Formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action.
Exact synonyms: Appearing, Coming Into Court
Generic synonyms: Attendance, Attending
Derivative terms: Appear

4. Noun. A mental representation. "I tried to describe his appearance to the police"
Generic synonyms: Internal Representation, Mental Representation, Representation
Specialized synonyms: Illusion, Semblance, 3-d, 3d, Three-d, Front
Derivative terms: Appear

5. Noun. The act of appearing in public view. "It was Bernhardt's last appearance in America"
Generic synonyms: Arrival
Specialized synonyms: Apparition, Emergence, Emersion, Reappearance, Return
Derivative terms: Appear
Antonyms: Disappearance

6. Noun. Pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression. "That ceremony is just for show"
Exact synonyms: Show
Generic synonyms: Feigning, Pretence, Pretending, Pretense, Simulation
Derivative terms: Showy

Definition of Appearance

1. n. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance surprised me.

Definition of Appearance

1. Noun. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye. ¹

2. Noun. A thing seen; a phenomenon; an apparition. ¹

3. Noun. Personal presence; look; aspect; mien. ¹

4. Noun. apparent likeness; external show; how something appears to others. ¹

5. Noun. The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character. ¹

6. Noun. (legal) The coming into court of either of the parties; the being present in court; the coming into court of a party summoned in an action, either by himself or by his attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a party proceeded against places himself before the court, and submits to its jurisdiction. ¹

7. Noun. (medical)'', chiefly used by nurses'': the act of defecation by a patient. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Appearance

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Medical Definition of Appearance

1. 1. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance surprised me. 2. A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an appearance in the sky. 3. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien. "And now am come to see . . . It thy appearance answer loud report." (Milton) 4. Semblance, or apparent likeness; external show. Outward signs, or circumstances, fitted to make a particular impression or to determine the judgment as to the character of a person or a thing, an act or a state; as, appearances are against him. " There was upon the tabernacle, as it were, the appearance of fire." (Num. Ix. 15) "For man looketh on the outward appearance." (1 Sam. Xvi. 7) "Judge not according to the appearance." (John. Vii. 24) 5. The act of appearing in a particular place, or in society, a company, or any proceedings; a coming before the public in a particular character; as, a person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator. "Will he now retire, After appearance, and again prolong Our expectation?" (Milton) 6. Probability; likelihood. "There is that which hath no appearance." (Bacon) 7. The coming into court of either of the parties; the being present in court; the coming into court of a party summoned in an action, either by himself or by his attorney, expressed by a formal entry by the proper officer to that effect; the act or proceeding by which a party proceeded against places himself before the court, and submits to its jurisdiction. To put in an appearance, to be present; to appear in person. To save appearances, to preserve a fair outward show. Synonym: Coming, arrival, presence, semblance, pretense, air, look, manner, mien, figure, aspect. Origin: F. Apparence, L. Apparentia, fr. Apparere. See Appear. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Appearance

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant (1901)
"Still less must phenomenon* and appearance be held to be identical. ... Hence truth and error, consequently, also, illusory appearance as the cause of error ..."

2. The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection: Or, The Preservation of by Charles Darwin (1900)
"... the sudden appearance of groups of species —On their sudden appearance in the lowest known fossiliferous strata—Antiquity of the habitable earth. ..."

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