Definitions of appearance

  1. the event of coming into sight
  2. 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"
  3. outward or visible aspect of a person or thing
  4. a mental representation; " I tried to describe his appearance to the police"
  5. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance surprised me.
  6. A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an appearance in the sky.
  7. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect; mien.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Probability; likelihood.
  11. 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.
  12. The act of appearing: the thing seen: apparent likeness: arrival: show.
  13. Coming in sight; that which appears; probability; show.
  14. An appearing; that which appears; aspect; semblance; indication; advent; publication.
  15. The act of appearing; the thing seen; a phenomenon; apparent likeness; semblance; outward show; introduction to the public in a particular character; look and bearing. A coming into court.
  16. A coming in sight; the thing seen; the look of a person or thing; pretence; show.

Usage examples for appearance

  1. But though Jesus was in the world, the time for His appearance as the Messiah had not yet come. – A Life of St. John for the Young by George Ludington Weed
  2. So I to the office and he away, and at noon I home to dinner, and all the afternoon late with Gibson at my chamber about my present great business, only a little in the afternoon at the office about Sir D. Gawden's accounts, and so to bed and slept heartily, my wife and I at good peace, but my heart troubled and her mind not at ease, I perceive, she against and I for the girle, to whom I have not said anything these three days, but resolve to be mighty strange in appearance to her. – Diary of Samuel Pepys, Complete Transcribed From The Shorthand Manuscript In The Pepysian Library Magdalene College Cambridge By The Rev. Mynors Bright by Samuel Pepys Commentator: Lord Braybrooke
  3. Sockna people say, " She has no husband," and others, " She is the Kaed's wife," to make the best of a bad appearance. – Travels in the Great Desert of Sahara, in the Years of 1845 and 1846 by James Richardson
  4. There was no appearance in him of a man that has been shot. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  5. When asked, " Don't you want to see Lillie's first appearance?" – In the Courts of Memory 1858-1875. by L. de Hegermann-Lindencrone
  6. Her appearance, her face, her smile, her eyes, her words. – An Outcast of the Islands by Joseph Conrad
  7. No, it wasnt my appearance ... – Greener Than You Think by Ward Moore
  8. No appearance of Hodgkinson and party. – McKinlay's Journal of Exploration in the Interior of Australia by John McKinlay
  9. But the uncle was sure that he would sooner or later put in an appearance. – Marriage à la mode by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  10. They did not put in an appearance. – An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet by A. Henry Savage Landor
  11. He had entered the room with no appearance of being pressed for time. – No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins
  12. But I doubt if you are very much like her except in appearance. – Two Little Women on a Holiday by Carolyn Wells
  13. In a little while the " lord of the castle" himself made his appearance. – Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey by Washington Irving
  14. It is curious to consider how changed the appearance of things will be at the end of fifty years, should nature be left till then to take its course. – A Rambler's lease by Bradford Torrey
  15. Nothing was changed, to all appearance, in the house; it might have been but yesterday that he walked out of it for the last time; and nothing was changed in the appearance of Mr. Southwode himself. – A Letter of Credit by Susan Warner
  16. I should like to see this fellow; what may he look like- from the appearance of yourself, Sir John, and many of your men- at- arms, there should be no few here but have met him. – The Outlaw of Torn by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  17. We left the house, having in appearance made friends. – Marie by Alexander Pushkin