approaching

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Approach \Ap*proach"\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Approached}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Approaching}.] [OE. approchen, aprochen, OF. approcher, LL. appropriare, fr. L. ad + propiare to draw near, prope near.]

1. To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer.

Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city? --2 Sam. xi. 20.

But exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. --Heb. x. 25.

2. To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Approaching \Ap*proach"ing\, noun (Hort.) The act of ingrafting a sprig or shoot of one tree into another, without cutting it from the parent stock; -- called, also, inarching and grafting by approach.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

approaching

adjective

1: of the relatively near future; "the approaching election"; "this coming Thursday"; "the forthcoming holidays"; "the upcoming spring fashions" [syn: {approaching}, {coming(a)}, {forthcoming}, {upcoming}]

noun

1: the event of one object coming closer to another [syn: {approach}, {approaching}]

2: the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; "the approach of winter" [syn: {approach}, {approaching}, {coming}]

3: the act of drawing spatially closer to something; "the hunter's approach scattered the geese" [syn: {approach}, {approaching}, {coming}]


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