Meaning of appress in English:


Pronunciation /əˈprɛs/


[with object] technical usually be appressed to
  • Press (something) close to something else.

    ‘the two cords can be closely appressed to one another’
    • ‘With SEM, the light line was found to be where the secondary thickening bars were tightly appressed to each other.’
    • ‘By contrast, the specimens are primitive relative to homologous teeth of typical palaeoryctids in having a more lingual molar paraconid that is less appressed to the metaconid, and a shorter molar trigonid relative to the talonid.’
    • ‘The epipterygoid is a thin, roughly rectangular sheet of bone that rises from the dorsal surface of the palatal ramus of the palatoquadrate and is tightly appressed to the lateral wall of the braincase.’
    • ‘In contrast, a strongly obtuse apical angle is associated with an incurved ventral beak that is appressed to the dorsal umbo, resulting in the delthyrium being partly obscured.’
    • ‘The cytoplasm appeared to be appressed to the plasma membrane after the 35°C-soaking treatment, and vacuoles were apparent.’


Early 17th century from Latin appress- ‘pressed close’, from the verb apprimere, from ad- ‘to’ + premere ‘to press’.