Definitions for: Appearance


[n] the act of appearing in public view; "the rookie made a brief appearance in the first period"; "it was Bernhardt's last appearance in America"
[n] pretending that something is the case in order to make a good impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony is just for show"
[n] formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action
[n] outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
[n] a mental representation; "I tried to describe his appearance to the police"
[n] the event of coming into sight



Webster (1913) Definition: Ap*pear"ance, n. [F. apparence, L. apparentia, fr.
apparere. See Appear.]
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. pl.
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. [Obs.]

There is that which hath no appearance. --Bacon.

7. (Law) 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. --Burrill. --Bouvier.
--Daniell.

To put in an appearance, to be present; to appear in
person.

To save appearances, to preserve a fair outward show.

Syn: Coming; arrival; presence; semblance; pretense; air;
look; manner; mien; figure; aspect.

Synonyms: appearing, coming into court, show, visual aspect

Antonyms: disappearance, disappearance, disappearing

See Also: 3D, 3-D, agerasia, apparition, apparition, arrival, attendance, attending, beauty, cast, color, colour, complexion, countenance, decorativeness, deformity, discoloration, discolouration, disfiguration, disfigurement, effect, elaborateness, emergence, emersion, face, feigning, form, format, front, hairiness, hairlessness, happening, homeliness, illusion, image, impression, internal representation, linear perspective, look, manifestation, materialisation, materialization, mental representation, natural event, occurrence, ornateness, persona, perspective, phase, plainness, pretence, pretending, pretense, quality, reappearance, reappearance, representation, return, semblance, semblance, shape, simulation, skin condition, stain, superficies, three-D, ugliness, vanishing point, view, visage

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