Definition of appendage in English:



  • 1A thing that is added or attached to something larger or more important.

    ‘they treat Scotland as a mere appendage of England’
    • ‘Consequently, feathering will not be able to produce the asymmetry necessary for the rowing appendage to generate net thrust.’
    • ‘He pushed away tall grass and went into a new clearing that was an appendage to the lake.’
    • ‘The High Court, he said, was not an inessential appendage to the new constitutional structure.’
    • ‘The claim of self-sufficiency cannot be contingent upon an appendage to another human being considered superior.’
    • ‘For Scott, the school became an indispensable appendage to the mosque.’
    • ‘In modern large-scale industrial production humans become mere appendages of machines.’
    • ‘Are individualism and stardom necessary to the dramatic work, or are they supplemental, a mere appendage of modernity?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead, she presented herself as an appendage to her husband and talked about her role as consort.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had no administrative power and was added as an administrative appendage to the college's organizational chart.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The tiny structure was an appendage to a larger house Matt had bought, intending to use the lesser quarters as a rental property.’
    • ‘Last but not least he predicted that New South Wales would lose its supremacy and probably become a provincial appendage to South Australia.’
    • ‘They had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The college-distance 3-pointer always has seemed an illogical and unnecessary appendage to a wonderful game.’
    • ‘He deeply dislikes the implicit idea that a wife is a lesser appendage to her husband.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    addition, attachment, adjunct, addendum, appurtenance, accessory, accompaniment, affix, extra, add-on, supplement, accretion, peripheral
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  • 2Biology
    A projecting part of an invertebrate or other living organism, with a distinct appearance or function.

    ‘a pair of feathery appendages through which oxygen is absorbed’
    • ‘These differences in number of segments and function of appendages are used to distinguish between crustacean groups.’
    • ‘Not all appendages in rotifers function by directly interfering with predatory attack.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    protuberance, projection, extremity, limb, organ
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