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  • 1(often with negative or pejorative connotations) a thing that is added or attached to something larger or more important.

    ‘they treat Scotland as a mere appendage of England’
    • ‘They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs.’
    • ‘The claim of self-sufficiency cannot be contingent upon an appendage to another human being considered superior.’
    • ‘Instead, she presented herself as an appendage to her husband and talked about her role as consort.’
    • ‘Some critics regard the didactic second part as an appendage to an earlier secular poem; others see the whole as an allegorical representation of human exile from God on the sea of life.’
    • ‘I was astonished that she'd found any boy to marry, thinking anyone so foolish would be like her, a flawed appendage to a decent family.’
    • ‘Consequently, feathering will not be able to produce the asymmetry necessary for the rowing appendage to generate net thrust.’
    • ‘The damage to the car itself is settled between insurers, apart from the excess on the motorist's policy, which he may not trouble to pursue except as an appendage to a larger claim.’
    • ‘Last but not least he predicted that New South Wales would lose its supremacy and probably become a provincial appendage to South Australia.’
    • ‘The tiny structure was an appendage to a larger house Matt had bought, intending to use the lesser quarters as a rental property.’
    • ‘For Scott, the school became an indispensable appendage to the mosque.’
    • ‘The High Court, he said, was not an inessential appendage to the new constitutional structure.’
    • ‘He pushed away tall grass and went into a new clearing that was an appendage to the lake.’
    • ‘The word compromise had no place in her vocabulary - she lived on her terms and when she could no longer do so, she preferred to die rather than become an appendage to someone else's life.’
    • ‘He deeply dislikes the implicit idea that a wife is a lesser appendage to her husband.’
    • ‘One of the ways that management continues to be defined, then, is as an appendage to a technical specialism, or as a technical specialism in its own right.’
    • ‘Are individualism and stardom necessary to the dramatic work, or are they supplemental, a mere appendage of modernity?’
    • ‘She had no administrative power and was added as an administrative appendage to the college's organizational chart.’
    • ‘In modern large-scale industrial production humans become mere appendages of machines.’
    • ‘The college-distance 3-pointer always has seemed an illogical and unnecessary appendage to a wonderful game.’
    • ‘Once she entered the stage, dressed in red, the rest of the actors and actresses turned into mere appendages or devices to carry on the continuity of the story.’
    addition, attachment, adjunct, addendum, appurtenance, accessory, accompaniment, affix, extra, add-on, supplement, accretion, peripheral
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    1. 1.1Biology A projecting part of an invertebrate or other living organism, with a distinct appearance or function.
      ‘many species have specialized clutching appendages’
      • ‘These differences in number of segments and function of appendages are used to distinguish between crustacean groups.’
      • ‘The feather is a skin appendage, like hair, that grows as a unique hollow tube from a follicle by the controlled proliferation of cells in a ring.’
      • ‘The second pair of appendages, the pedipalps, resemble walking legs.’
      • ‘Bipedality freed the forelimbs and allowed development of the hands as highly specialized appendages with great dexterity.’
      • ‘Not all appendages in rotifers function by directly interfering with predatory attack.’
      protuberance, projection, extremity, limb, organ
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/əˈpendij/ /əˈpɛndɪdʒ/