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 for appearance
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Appearance \Ap*pear"ance\, n. [F. apparence, L. apparentia, fr.
     apparere. See Appear.]
     1. The act of appearing or coming into sight; the act of
        becoming visible to the eye; as, his sudden appearance
        surprised me.
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     2. A thing seed; a phenomenon; a phase; an apparition; as, an
        appearance in the sky.
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     3. Personal presence; exhibition of the person; look; aspect;
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              And now am come to see . . .
              It thy appearance answer loud report. --Milton.
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     4. 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.
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              There was upon the tabernacle, as it were, the
              appearance of fire.                   --Num. ix. 15.
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              For man looketh on the outward appearance. --1 Sam.
                                                    xvi. 7.
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              Judge not according to the appearance. --John. vii.
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     5. 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.
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              Will he now retire,
              After appearance, and again prolong
              Our expectation?                      --Milton.
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     6. Probability; likelihood. [Obs.]
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              There is that which hath no appearance. --Bacon.
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     7. (Law) 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. --Burrill. --Bouvier.
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     To put in an appearance, to be present; to appear in
     To save appearances, to preserve a fair outward show.
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     Syn: Coming; arrival; presence; semblance; pretense; air;
          look; manner; mien; figure; aspect.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: outward or visible aspect of a person or thing [syn:
           appearance, visual aspect]
      2: the event of coming into sight [ant: disappearance]
      3: formal attendance (in court or at a hearing) of a party in an
         action [syn: appearance, appearing, coming into court]
      4: a mental representation; "I tried to describe his appearance
         to the police"
      5: 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" [ant: disappearance, disappearing]
      6: pretending that something is the case in order to make a good
         impression; "they try to keep up appearances"; "that ceremony
         is just for show" [syn: appearance, show]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  203 Moby Thesaurus words for "appearance":
     Christophany, Masan, Prospero, Satanophany, accomplishment,
     achievement, acting, advent, affectation, air, airiness,
     angelophany, apparent character, apparition, appearances, approach,
     arrival, aspect, astral, astral spirit, attainment, attitudinizing,
     avatar, banshee, bearing, bluff, bluffing, cheating, color,
     coloring, coming, control, countenance, deception, delusion,
     delusiveness, demeanor, departed spirit, disclosure,
     disembodied spirit, disguise, display, dissemblance, dissembling,
     dissemination, dissimulation, duppy, dybbuk, eidolon, embodiment,
     epiphany, evidence, evincement, expression, exteriority, exteriors,
     external appearance, externality, externalness, externals,
     extrinsicality, facade, face, fakery, faking, fallaciousness,
     false air, false appearance, false front, false image, false light,
     false show, falseness, falsity, fantasy, features, feigning, feint,
     fiction, figure, foreignness, form, four-flushing, fraud, front,
     gaudiness, ghost, gilt, gloss, grateful dead, guide, guise, hant,
     haunt, hint, humbug, humbuggery, idealization, idolum, illusion,
     illusionism, illusionist, illusiveness, image, immateriality,
     imposture, incarnation, incorporeal, incorporeal being,
     incorporeity, indication, larva, lemures, lineaments, look, looks,
     magic, magic act, magic show, magician, make-believe, manes,
     manifestation, manner, masquerade, materialization, mere externals,
     meretriciousness, mien, mirage, oni, openness, ostent, ostentation,
     outerness, outside, outward appearance, outward show, outwardness,
     phantasm, phantasma, phantasmagoria, phantom, phasm, phenomenon,
     playacting, pneumatophany, poltergeist, pose, posing, posture,
     presence, prestidigitation, pretense, pretension, pretext, proof,
     public image, publication, reaching, representation, revelation,
     revenant, seeming, semblance, shade, shadow, shallowness, sham,
     shape, show, showing, shrouded spirit, simulacrum, simulation,
     sleight of hand, sorcerer, sorcery, specious appearance,
     speciousness, specter, spectral ghost, spirit, spook, sprite,
     suggestion, superficiality, surface appearance, surface show,
     theophany, unactuality, unreality, unsubstantiality, vain show,
     varnish, vision, waking dream, walking dead man, wandering soul,
     wildest dream, window dressing, wraith, zombie

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  APPEARANCE, practice. Signifies the filing common or special bail to the
       2. The appearance, with all other subsequent pleadings supposed to take
  place in court, should (in accordance with the ancient practice) purport to
  be in term time. It is to be observed, however, that though the proceedings
  are expressed as if occurring in term time, yet, in fact, much of the
  business is now done, in periods of vacation.
       3. The appearance of the parties is no longer (as formerly) by the
  actual presence in court, either by themselves or their attorneys; but, it
  must be remembered, an appearance of this kind is still supposed, and exists
  in contemplation of law. The appearance is effected on the part of the
  defendant (when be is not arrested) by making certain formal entries in the
  proper office of the court, expressing his appearance; 5 Watts & Serg. 215;
  1 Scam. R. 250; 2 Seam. R. 462; 6 Port. R. 352; 9 Port. R. 272; 6 Miss. R.
  50; 7 Miss. R. 411; 17 Verm. 531; 2 Pike, R. 26; 6 Ala. R. 784; 3 Watts &
  Serg. 501; 8 Port. R. 442; or, in case of arrest, it may be considered as
  effected by giving bail to the action. On the part of the plaintiff no
  formality expressive of appearance is observed.
       4. In general, the appearance of either party may be in person or by
  attorney, and, when by attorney, there is always supposed to be a warrant of
  attorney executed to the attorney by his client, authorizing such
       5. But to this general rule there are various exceptions; persons
  devoid of understanding, as idiots, and persons having understanding, if
  they are by law deprived of a capacity to appoint an attorney, as married
  women, must appear in person. The appearance of such persons must purport,
  and is so entered on the record, to be in person, whether in fact an
  attorney be employed or not. See Tidd's Pr. 68, 75; 1 Arch. Pract. 22; 2
  John. 192; 8 John. 418; 14 John. 417; 5 Pick. 413; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t.
       6. There must be an appearance in person in the following cases: 1st.
  An idiot can appear only in person, and as, a plaintiff he may sue in person
  or by his next friend 2d. A married woman, when sued without her husband,
  should defend in person 3 Wms. Saund. 209, b and when the cause of action
  accrued before her marriage, and she is afterwards sued alone, she must
  plead her coverture in person, and not by attorney. Co. Litt. 125. 3d. When
  the party pleads to the jurisdiction, be must plead in person. Summ.on Pl.
  51; Merrif. Law of Att. 58. 4th. A plea of misnomer must always be in
  person, unless it be by special warrant of attorney. 1 Chit. Pl. 398; Summ.
  on Pl. 50; 3 Wms. Saund. 209 b.
       7. An infant cannot appoint an attorney; he must therefore prosecute or
  appear by guardian, or prochein ami.
       8. A lunatic, if of full age, may appear by. attorney; if, under age,
  by guardian. 2 Wms. Saund. 335; Id. 332 (a) n. (4.)
       9. When an appearance is lawfully entered by the defendant, both
  parties are considered as being in court. Imp. Pr. 215. And if the defendant
  pleads to issue, defects of process are cured but not, if he demurs to the
  process, (I Lord Raym. 21,) or, according to the practice of some courts,
  appears de bene esse, or otherwise conditionally.
      10. In criminal cases, the personal presence of the accused is often
  necessary. It has been held, that if the record of a conviction of a
  misdemeanor be removed by certiorari, the personal presence of the defendant
  is necessary, in order to move in arrest. of judgment: but, after a special
  verdict, it is not necessary that the defendant should be personally present
  at the argument of it. 2 Burr. 931 1 Bl. Rep. 209, S. C. So, the defendant
  must appear personally in court, when an order of bastardy is quashed and
  the reason is, he must enter into a recognizance to abide the order of
  sessions below. 1 Bl. Rep. 198. So, in a case, when two justices of the
  peace, having confessed an information for misbehavior in the execution of
  their office, and a motion was made to dispense with their personal
  appearance, on their clerks undertaking in court to answer for their flues,
  the court declared the rule to be, that although such a motion was subject
  to the discretion of the court either to grant or refuse it, in cases where
  it is clear that the punishment would not be corporal, yet it ought to be
  denied in every case where it is either probable or possible that the
  punishment would be corporal; and therefore the motion was overruled in that
  case. And Wilmot and Ashton, Justices, thought, that even where the
  punishment would most probably be pecuniary only, yet in offences of a very
  gross and public nature, the persons convicted should appear in person, for
  the sake of example and prevention of the like offences being committed by
  other persons; as the notoriety of being called up to answer criminally for
  such offences, would very much conduce to deter others from venturing to
  commit the like. 3 Burr. 1786, 7.

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