One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]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.’
- ‘The cytoplasm appeared to be appressed to the plasma membrane after the 35°C-soaking treatment, and vacuoles were apparent.’
- ‘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.’
Early 17th century: from Latin appress- ‘pressed close’, from the verb apprimere, from ad- ‘to’ + premere ‘to press’.
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