Dictionary: AP-PULS'IVE-LY – APT'LY

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So written for appertenence. [Fr. appartenance. See Appertain.] That which belongs to something else; an adjunct; an appendage. Appropriately, such buildings, rights and improvements, as belong to land, are called the appurtenances; as, small buildings are the appurtenances of a mansion.


  1. Belonging to; pertaining to of right.
  2. In law, common appurtenant is that which is annexed to land, and can be claimed only by prescription or immemorial usage, on a legal presumption of a special grant. Blackstone.

A'PRI-CATE, v.i. [L. apricor.]

To bask in the sun. [Little used.] – Ray.


Sunshine. [Little used.]

A'PRI-COT, n. [Old orthography, apricock. W. bricyllen; Arm. brigesen; Fr. abricot, whence the present orthography. Junius and Skinner alledge that the Italians formerly wrote the word bericoco, berricoccoli. At present they write it albicocca, and the Spaniards albaricoque, which indicate the word to be formed of albus and coccus, white berry; Sp. albar, white. But apricot seems to be formed from the old orthography.]

A fruit belonging to the genus Prunus, of the plum kind, of an oval figure and delicious taste.

A'PRIL, n. [L. aprilis; Fr. avril; Sp. abril; Ir. abrail; Corn. ebril; W. ebrill.]

The fourth month of the year.


One who suffers an imposition on the first of April.

A-PRIORI, adj. [or adv. from L.]

Reasoning a priori is that which deduces consequences from definitions formed, or principles assumed, or which infers effects from causes previously known. This is the reverse of a posteriori. – Hedge.

A'PRON, n. [Ir. aprun; a or ag, and Celtic bron, the breast.]

  1. A cloth or piece of leather worn on the fore part of the body, to keep the clothes clean, or defend them from injury.
  2. The fat skin covering the belly of a goose. – Johnson.
  3. In gunnery, a flat piece of lead that covers the vent of a cannon.
  4. In ships, a piece of carved timber, just above the foremost end of the keel. – Mar. Dict.
  5. A platform, or flooring of plank, at the entrance of a dock, on which the dock-gates are shut. – Encyc.
  6. A piece of leather or other thing to be spread before a person riding in a gig, chaise or sulky, to defend him from rain, snow or dust.


Wearing an apron. – Pope.


A man who wears an apron; a laboring man; a mechanic.

AP'RO-POS, adv. [ap'ropo; Fr. à and propos, purpose.]

  1. Opportunely; seasonably. – Warburton.
  2. By the way; to the purpose; a word used to introduce an incidental observation, suited to the occasion, though not strictly belonging to the narration.

AP'SIS, n. [plur. Apsides. Gr. ἁψις, connection, from ἁπτω, to connect.]

  1. In astronomy, the apsides are the two points of a planet's orbit, which are at the greatest and least distance from the sun or earth; the most distant point is the aphelion or apogee; the least distant the perihelion or perigee. The line connecting these is called the line of the apsides. – Encyc.
  2. Apsis or absis is the arched roof of a house, room or oven; also the ring or compass of a wheel.
  3. In ecclesiastical writers, an inner part of a church, where the altar was placed, and where the clergy sat, answering to the choir and standing opposite to the nave. Also, the bishop's seat or throne in ancient churches; called also exedra; and tribune. This same name was given to a reliquary or case in which the relics of saints were kept. – Encyc.

APT', a. [L. aptus, from apto, to fit; Gr. ἁπτω, to tie; Sax. hæp.]

  1. Fit; suitable; as, he used very apt metaphors.
  2. Having a tendency; liable; used of things; as, wheat on moist land is apt to blast or be winter-killed.
  3. Inclined; disposed customarily; used of persons; as, men are too apt to slander others.
  4. Ready; quick; used of the mental powers; as, a pupil apt to lean; an apt wit.
  5. Qualified; fit. All the men of might, strong and apt for war. 2 Kings xxiv.

APT, v.t.

To fit; to suit or adapt. [Obs.]


That may be adapted. [Not used.] – Sherwood.

AP'TATE, v.t.

To make fit. [Not used.] – Bailey.

AP'TER, or AP'TER-A, n. [Gr. α privative and πτερον, a wing.]

An insect without wings. The Aptera, constituting the seventh order of insects in Linnæus's system, comprehend many genera. But later zoologists have made a very different distribution of these animals.

AP'TER-AL, a. [Supra.]

Destitute of wings.

AP'TER-YX, n. [Gr. α neg. and πτερυξ, a wing.]

A fowl of New Zealand, which has neither wing nor tail. – Mantell.

APT'I-TUDE, n. [of aptus, apt.]

  1. A natural or acquired disposition for a particular purpose, or tendency to a particular action or effect; as, oil has an aptitude to burn; men acquire an aptitude to particular vices.
  2. Fitness; suitableness.
  3. Aptness; readiness in learning; docility.


Containing aptitude.


In an aptitudinal manner. [Baxter. 1841]

APT'LY, adv.

In an apt or suitable manner; with just correspondence of parts; fitly; properly; justly; pertinently.