appendage


appendage
appendage, appurtenance, accessory, adjunct designate something regarded as additional and at the same time as subsidiary to another object.
Appendage implies a certain closeness of attachment or connection yet often stresses the idea of subordination or even uselessness
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the caudal appendage

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the smaller borough is a mere appendage of the larger

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those graceful and useless appendages, called Directors— Scott

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Appurtenance is applied to something that belongs to the principal object or goes with it customarily yet is not an integral part of it (as the barns, worksheds, garages, gardens on a piece of land or the permanent fixtures in a building)
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the bed itself, with all appurtenances of palliasse, mattresses, etc.— Barham

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Accessory is applied usually to something that is dispensable yet contributes to the appearance, usefulness, comfort, or convenience of the principal thing
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automobile accessories

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wore a beige suit with brown purse, gloves, and other accessories

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Adjunct is applied to something that is or may be added or joined to the principal thing without becoming an essential part of it
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in the great age of Louis XIV, it [the ballet] became an established institution, still an adjunct of opera— Ellis

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meter and rhyme are not mere adjuncts of poetry— Alexander

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  • Appendage — Ap*pend age, n. 1. Something appended to, or accompanying, a principal or greater thing, though not necessary to it, as a portico to a house. [1913 Webster] Modesty is the appendage of sobriety. Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) A… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Appendage — (frz. –angdasch), Appendance (frz. –angs), Appendicula, Anhängsel, Zugehör …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • appendage — index accession (annexation), addendum, adjoiner, adjunct, allonge, appendix (accession), appendix …   Law dictionary

  • appendage — (n.) 1640s, from APPEND (Cf. append) + AGE (Cf. age) …   Etymology dictionary

  • appendage — [n] limb; accessory addendum, addition, adjunct, ancillary, annex, appendix, appurtenance, attachment, auxiliary, extremity, member, projection, protuberance, supplement; concept 835 Ant. body, trunk …   New thesaurus

  • appendage — ► NOUN ▪ a thing attached to or projecting from something larger or more important …   English terms dictionary

  • appendage — [ə pen′dij] n. 1. anything appended; adjunct 2. any subordinate or external organ or part of a plant or animal, as a branch, tail, or limb …   English World dictionary

  • Appendage — In invertebrate biology, an appendage is an external body part, or natural prolongation, that protrudes from an organism s body (in verterbrate biology, an example would be a vertebrate s limbs). It is a general term that covers any of the… …   Wikipedia

  • appendage — [[t]əpe̱ndɪʤ[/t]] appendages N COUNT: oft N of/to n An appendage is something that is joined to or connected with something larger or more important. [FORMAL] Upon marriage she automatically lost most of her legal rights and became an appendage… …   English dictionary

  • appendage — n. an appendage to * * * [ə pendɪdʒ] an appendage to …   Combinatory dictionary


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