What does appearance mean?

Definitions for appearance
əˈpɪər ənsap·pear·ance

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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

Freebase

  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. Victor Hugo:

    So different are the colours of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.

  2. Carey Mulligan:

    I feel it's important that criticism is constructive, i think it's important that we are looking at the right things when it comes to work, and we're looking at the art, and we're looking at the performance and the way that a film is made. And I don't think that goes to the appearance of an actor or your personal preference for what an actor does or doesn't look like, which it felt that that article did.

  3. Jean Jacques Rousseau:

    Your first appearance, he said to me, is the gauge by which you will be measured; try to manage that you may go beyond yourself in after times, but beware of ever doing less.

  4. Paula Donovan:

    At the very least, this irregular contract extension has the appearance of impropriety.

  5. Jerome Powell:

    It's really not working now. We understand that, the appearance is obviously unacceptable.

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Translations for appearance

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • 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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