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.

 

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