Dictionary: AP-LUS'TER, or AP-LUS'TRE – AP-O'GON

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AP-LUS'TER, or AP-LUS'TRE, n. [L. from Gr. αφλαιον, the summit of the poop of a ship.]

An ensign, or ornament carried by ancient ships. It was shaped like a plume of feathers, fastened on the neck of a goose or swan, and to this was attached a party-colored ribin, to indicate the course of the wind. – Addison. Encyc.

A-POC'A-LYPSE, n. [apoc'alyps; Gr. from αποκαλυπτω, to disclose; απο and καλυπτω, to cover.]

Revelation; discovery; disclosure. The name of a book of the New Testament, containing many discoveries or predictions respecting the future state of Christianity, written by St. John, in Patmos, near the close of the first century.


Containing or pertaining to revelation; disclosing.


By revelation; in the manner of disclosure.

A-PO-CARP'OUS, a. [Gr. απο, and καρπος, fruit.]

In botany, denoting that the carpels of a compound pistil, are either entirely or partially distinct. – Lindley.

A-POC'O-PATE, v.t. [See apocope.]

To cut off, or drop the last letter or syllable of a word.


Shortened by the omission of the last letter or syllable. – M. Stuart.


Cutting off, or omitting the last letter or syllable.

A-POC'O-PE, or A-POC'O-PY, n. [Gr. αποκοπη, abscission, of απο, and κοπτω, to cut.]

The cutting off, or omission of the last letter or syllable of a word; as, di for dii.

A-POC'RI-SA-RY, n. [Gr. from αποκρισις, answer; αποκρινομαι, to answer.]

Anciently a resident in an imperial city, in the name of a foreign church or bishop, answering to the modern nuncio. He was a proctor, in the emperor's court, to negotiate, and transact business for his constituent. – Encyc. Spelman.

AP-O-CRUST'IC, a. [Gr. αποκρουστικα, from απο and κρουω, to drive from.]

Astringent; repelling.


A medicine which constringes, and repels the humors; a repellent. – Quincy. Coxe.

A-POC'RY-PHA, n. [Gr. from αποκρυπτω, απο and κρυπτω, to conceal.]

Literally, such things as are not published; but in an appropriate sense, books whose authors are not known; whose authenticity, as inspired writings, is not admitted, and which are therefore not considered a part of the sacred canon of the Scripture. When the Jews published their sacred books, they called them canonical and divine; such as they did not publish, were called apocryphal. The apocryphal books are received by the Romish Church as canonical, but not by Protestants. – Encyc.


Pertaining to the apocrypha; not canonical; of uncertain authority or credit; false; fictitious. – Congreve. Hooker.


Uncertainly; not indisputably.


Uncertainty, as to authenticity; doubtfulness of credit, or genuineness.

AP'O-DAL, a. [See Apode.]

Without feet; in zoology, destitute of ventral fins.

AP'ODE, n. [Gr. α privative and πους, ποδος, foot.]

An animal that has no feet, applied to certain fabulous fowls, which are said to have no legs, and also to some birds that have very short legs. In zoology, the Apodes are an order of fishes, which have no ventral fins; the first order in Linnæus's system. – Encyc.

AP-O-DIC'TIC, or AP-O-DIC'TIC-AL, a. [Gr. αποδειξις , evidence, of απο, and δεικνυμι, to show.]

Demonstrative; evident beyond contradiction; clearly proving. – Brown. Glanville.


So as to be evident beyond contradiction.

AP-O-DIX'IS, n. [Gr.]

Full demonstration. – Buck.

AP'O-DONS, n. [plur. Gr. α privative and πους.]

A generic term for animals without feet.

AP-OD'O-SIS, n. [Gr.]

The application or latter part of a similitude. – Mede.

AP'O-GEE, n. [apogeon, apogeum; Gr. απο, from, and γη, the earth.]

That point in the orbit of a planet, which is at the greatest distance from the earth. The ancients regarded the earth as fixed in the center of the system, and therefore assigned to the sun, with the planets, an apogee; but the moderns, considering the sun as the center, use the terms perihelion and aphelion, to denote the least and greatest distance of the planets from that orb. The sun's apogee therefore is in strictness, the earth's aphelion. Apogee is properly applicable to the moon. – Encyc. Johnson.

AP-O'GON, n.

A fish of the Mediterranean, the summit of whose head is elevated.