One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Attached or added, especially in a subordinate capacity.
- ‘Hence I conclude claims 1 and all claims appendant thereto are valid.’
- ‘When undertaking something like this, without the benefits of companionship and its appendant pleasures - bragging, ribbing and storytelling - it can be difficult to isolate individual holes, key moments, incredible shots.’
- ‘Of course, if the aspect ratio of any metal plug is too large to be properly formed, an appendant metal ring is used to reduce the aspect ration of the metal plug.’
A subordinate person or thing.
- ‘Gradually, the figurines were no longer the appendants of fireworks, but developed into a kind of independent handicraft.’
- ‘In architecture, indeed, the principles of composition regulate alike the structure of the principal building, of its several adjuncts, as also its relative component portions, and the ornaments and appendants which contribute to its completion.’
- ‘FIG. 2 is an attempt to show the appendant's position on the wingtip as viewed from the front.’
- ‘The following appendants are not manufactured by our factories.’
- ‘Here's a distillation, with a few appendants to try to add a bit of context where necessary.’
Late Middle English (in legal contexts): from Old French apendant, from apendre ‘depend on, belong to’, from Latin appendere (see append).
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