What does appearance mean?

Definitions for appearance
əˈpɪər ənsap·pear·ance

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word appearance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. appearance, visual aspectnoun

    outward or visible aspect of a person or thing

  2. appearancenoun

    the event of coming into sight

  3. appearance, appearing, coming into courtnoun

    formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an action

  4. appearancenoun

    a mental representation

    "I tried to describe his appearance to the police"

  5. appearancenoun

    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"

  6. appearance, shownoun

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. appearancenoun

    Personal presence; look; aspect; mien.

    And now am come to see . . . It thy appearance answer loud report. Milton.

  2. appearancenoun

    apparent likeness; external show; how something appears to others.

  3. appearancenoun

    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.

  4. appearancenoun

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

    His sudden appearance surprised me.

  5. appearancenoun

    A thing seen; a phenomenon; an apparition.

    There was a strange appearance in the sky.

  6. appearancenoun

    The way something looks; personal presence

    Synonyms: aspect, mien

  7. appearancenoun

    Apparent likeness; the way which something or someone appears to others.

    Some people say I'm shallow because I care so much about my appearance.

  8. appearancenoun

    That which is not substance, essence, hypostasis; the outward reality as opposed to the underlying reality

    Catholicism teaches that the Eucharist, while remaining under the physical appearance of bread and wine, becomes really and truly the body and the blood of Christ.

  9. appearancenoun

    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.

    A person makes his appearance as an historian, an artist, or an orator.

  10. appearancenoun

    An instance of someone coming into a court of law to be part of a trial, either in person or represented by an attorney or such like; a court appearance

  11. appearancenoun

    Chiefly used by nurses: the act of defecation by a patient.

    The patient had a small bowel obstruction and there was no appearance until after the obstruction resolved.

  12. Etymology: Borrowed from Middle French apparence, from Latin apparentia, from appareo. Displaced native Middle English wlite ("appearance").

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Appearancenoun

    Etymology: from To appear.

    The advancing day of experimental knowledge discloseth such appearances, as will not lie even in any model extant. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis Scientifica, Pref.

    He encreased in estimation, whether by destiny, or whether by his virtues, or at least by his appearances of virtues. John Hayward.

    Heroic virtue did his actions guide,
    And he the substance not th’ appearance chose. Dryden.

    The hypocrite would not put on the appearance of virtue, if it was not the most proper means to gain love. Joseph Addison, Spectat.

    Under a fair and beautiful appearance there should ever be the real substance of good. John Rogers.

    Do the same justice to one another, which will be done us hereafter by those, who shall make their appearance in the world, when this generation is no more. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 35.

    I think a person terrified with the imagination of spectres, more reasonable than one who thinks the appearance of spirits fabulous. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 110.

    I will not tarry; no, nor ever more
    Upon this business my appearance make
    In any of their courts. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    Or grant her passion be sincere,
    How shall his innocence be clear?
    Appearances were all so strong,
    The world must think him in the wrong. Jonathan Swift.

    Health, wealth, victory, and honour, are introduced; wisdom enters the last, and so captivates with her appearance, that he gives himself up to her. Joseph Addison, Guardian, №. 111.

    There is that which hath no appearance, that this priest being utterly unacquainted with the true person, according to whose pattern he should shape his counterfeit, should think it possible for him to instruct his player. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

ChatGPT

  1. appearance

    Appearance refers to the visual aspects or outward look of someone or something; how they or it seems or looks to the observer. This may include aspects such as shape, color, form, size or style. In terms of a person, appearance can also refer to their physical characteristics, attire, grooming and personal style. It can also denote the act of coming into sight or becoming visible.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appearancenoun

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

  2. Appearancenoun

    a thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an appearance in the sky

  3. Appearancenoun

    personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien

  4. Appearancenoun

    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

  5. Appearancenoun

    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

  6. Appearancenoun

    probability; likelihood

  7. Appearancenoun

    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

Wikidata

  1. Appearance

    In law, appearance is the coming into court of either of the parties to a lawsuit, and/or the formal act by which a defendant submits himself to the jurisdiction of the court.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. appearance

    The first making of a land-fall: formerly astronomically used for phenomenon and phase. The day of an officer's first joining a ship after his being appointed.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appearance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1850

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appearance' in Nouns Frequency: #714

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of appearance in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of appearance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of appearance in a Sentence

  1. Andy McKean:

    He sets, in my opinion, a poor example for the nation and particularly for our children by personally insulting -- often in a crude and juvenile fashion -- those who disagree with him, being a bully at a time when we we are attempting to discourage bullying, his frequent disregard for the truth and his willingness to ridicule or marginalize people for their appearance, ethnicity or disability.

  2. Tamara Duker Freuman:

    Excess sodium can cause fluid retention [ not bloating per se ] and can give a' puffy' appearance, but more so in the face and extremities than in the abdomen.

  3. Norm Eisen:

    Donald Trump has declared for the presidency, so that puts him in a position of adversity towards the sitting president, who is overwhelmingly likely himself to seek the presidency again, so there, at a minimum, is the appearance or question of a conflict and very extraordinary circumstances.

  4. Steve Warren:

    At first appearance it does seem to be provocative behavior, but again we don't have all the facts yet.

  5. Richard Simmons:

    No one should be worried about me, Simmons said. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me. WATCH: The Real Reason Richard Simmons Has Been in Hiding For Nearly a Year On Saturday, the New York Daily News published a long report citing on and off the record sources who expressed concern for Simmons' well-being. Simmons called the report very hurtful. I love all the people who worry about me, Simmons said. But it was time for me to take some time to be by myself. For the last 40 years I have been traveling, teaching classes, and I had a knee injury, so I had a knee replacement, which was very difficult for me… I have really just been taking it easy, staying at home, working out in my gym and doing the things I haven't done in a very long time. According to Simmons, he's been keeping in shape despite concern that he might need another knee replacement. In response to speculation he has avoided going out because he has gained weight, Simmons said, I still weigh 150. I work out every day. I have a gym at the house, and I am very healthy. Simmons was last photographed in January 2014 by TMZ. In November 2014, reports of Simmons' knee injury surfaced. Simmons took to Facebook then to thank his fans for their outpouring of love and concern. I have had a tough time dealing with this injury, as it is keeping me from doing what I truly love to do and that is to teach classes around the world, he wrote. Make sure you keep Sweatin'! NEWS: Richard Simmons Feels for Miley Cyrus The Sweatin' to the Oldies creator made his last public appearance in December 13, 2013, at SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert at ACME Comedy in Los Angeles. This is how I want to live my life right now.

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Translations for appearance

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  • شكل, مظهرArabic
  • прилика, външност, явяване, появяване, външен вид, явлениеBulgarian
  • aparença, aparicióCatalan, Valencian
  • objevení se, vzhledCzech
  • Erscheinen, Aussehen, AuftrittGerman
  • aperaĵoEsperanto
  • apariencia, apariciónSpanish
  • ulkonäkö, ulkomuoto, julkiasu, ilmestyminen, ilmaantuminenFinnish
  • apparition, apparence, comparutionFrench
  • cuma, cruth, nochtadh, comharthaí aithne, dealramh, comharthaí, comharthaí sóirtIrish
  • coltas, taisbeanadhScottish Gaelic
  • הופעהHebrew
  • रूपHindi
  • արտաքինArmenian
  • penampilanIndonesian
  • visione, aria, aspetto, comparizione, apparizione, comparsa, apparenza, presentazione, cera, sembianzaItalian
  • 様子, 出現, 見掛け, 外観Japanese
  • aanblik, verschijningDutch
  • iʼnoolinígííNavajo, Navaho
  • wygląd, aparycja, zjawiskoPolish
  • aparição, comparecimento, aparência, aparecimentoPortuguese
  • prezentare, aparență, înfățișare, ivire, apariție, aspect, viziuneRomanian
  • явка, внешний вид, явление, внешность, появлениеRussian
  • izgled, pojavljivanje, pojava, vanjštinaSerbo-Croatian
  • uppträdande, sken, ankomst, utseende, framträdande, tillstymmelseSwedish
  • தோற்றம்Tamil
  • xuất hiệnVietnamese
  • 外形Chinese

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