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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v approach make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or suggestion "I was approached by the President to serve as his adviser in foreign matters"
    • v approach come near in time "Winter is approaching","approaching old age"
    • v approach move towards "We were approaching our destination","They are drawing near","The enemy army came nearer and nearer"
    • v approach begin to deal with "approach a task","go about a difficult problem","approach a new project"
    • v approach come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or character "This borders on discrimination!","His playing approaches that of Horowitz"
    • n approach the act of drawing spatially closer to something "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
    • n approach a relatively short golf shot intended to put the ball onto the putting green "he lost the hole when his approach rolled over the green"
    • n approach ideas or actions intended to deal with a problem or situation "his approach to every problem is to draw up a list of pros and cons","an attack on inflation","his plan of attack was misguided"
    • n approach a way of entering or leaving "he took a wrong turn on the access to the bridge"
    • n approach a close approximation "the nearest approach to genius"
    • n approach the temporal property of becoming nearer in time "the approach of winter"
    • n approach a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others "she rejected his advances"
    • n approach the event of one object coming closer to another
    • n approach the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Different Postures for Approaching the King Different Postures for Approaching the King
"The pursuer was approaching them rapidly." "The pursuer was approaching them rapidly."
Approach to Karnac Approach to Karnac

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: About two hundred years before the birth of Christ, the Druids used mistletoe to celebrate that winter was approaching
    • Approach A access, or opportunity of drawing near. "The approach to kings and principal persons."
    • Approach (Golf) A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting green. It is made with an iron club.
    • Approach A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings can be approached; an access.
    • Approach Movements to gain favor; advances.
    • Approach (Hort) See Approaching.
    • Approach (Aviation) that part of a flight during which an airplane descends toward the landing strip.
    • Approach The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near. "The approach of summer.""A nearer approach to the human type."
    • Approach (Fort) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or military post.
    • Approach (Bowling) the steps taken by a bowler just before delivering the ball toward the pins.
    • Approach To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance.
    • Approach To come near to in place, time, or character; to draw nearer to; as, to approach the city; to approach my cabin; he approached the age of manhood. "He was an admirable poet, and thought even to have approached Homer."
    • Approach To come or go near, in place or time; to draw nigh; to advance nearer. "Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city?""But exhorting one another; and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching ."
    • Approach To draw near, in a figurative sense; to make advances; to approximate; as, he approaches to the character of the ablest statesman.
    • Approach (Mil) To take approaches to.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Stanley Kubrick approached Lloyd's of London about an insurance policy in case extraterrestrial life was discovered before the release of his movie 2001: A Space Odyssey.
    • approach To come or go near in place or time; draw near; advance nearer; come into presence.
    • approach Figuratively, to draw near; approximate; come near in degree: with to: as, he approaches to the character of an able statesman.
    • approach To bring near; advance: as, he approached his hand to the cup.
    • approach To come or draw near to: as, to approach the gate.
    • approach Figuratively, to come near to in quality, character, or condition; nearly equal: as, modern sculpture does not approach that of the Greeks.
    • n approach The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near.
    • n approach Access; opportunity or liberty of drawing near; nearness: as, “the approach to kings,” Bacon.
    • n approach Nearness or close approximation in quality, likeness, or character.
    • n approach A passage or avenue by which anything is approached; any means of access or approximation.
    • n approach plural In fortification, the works thrown up by besiegers to protect themselves in their advances toward a fortress. Compare boyau.
    • n approach In golf, the play by which a player endeavors to get his ball on to the putting-green.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Approach ap-prōch′ to draw near: to draw nigh (of time or events): to come near in quality, condition, &c.:
    • v.t Approach to come near to: to resemble: attain to: to bring near in any sense
    • n Approach a drawing near to in military attack, in personal relations: access: a path or avenue: approximation:
    • v.i Approach ap-prōch′ (arch.) to come into personal relations with a person
    • n Approach (pl.) trenches, &c., by which besiegers strive to reach a fortress
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  • Mark Twain
    “Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.”
  • Nietzche Evil
    Nietzche Evil
    “Cynicism is the only form in which base souls approach honesty.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “When danger approaches, sing to it.”
  • George Sand
    “One approaches the journey's end. But the end is a goal, not a catastrophe.”
  • George Eliot
    “To act with doubleness towards a man whose own conduct was double, was so near an approach to virtue that it deserved to be called by no meaner name than diplomacy.”
  • George Meredith
    “Possession without obligation to the object possessed approaches felicity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. approchen, aprochen, OF. approcher, LL. appropriare, fr. L. ad, + propiare, to draw near, prope, near


In literature:

He approached her and took her hand.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
But it was remarkable, that the nearer one approached the hill, the higher it appeared, and more majestic.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
If they do not approach each other that closely, the salute is exchanged at the point of nearest approach.
"Manual of Military Training" by James A. Moss
Horror-stricken as I was at the approach of such a ghastly death, I felt a languor and sleepiness far from unpleasant.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
The foolish nymphs, though they see his approach, are still far from understanding.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
This law being admitted, the reason of the increase in the planet's velocity when it approaches the sun is at once apparent.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
The regent, in compliance with the invitation, approached the window, and saw a large fire blazing in the middle of the courtyard.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
Approaching nearer, and more near, they again gathered around the pits, and saw that food was waiting for them at the bottom of both.
"The Giraffe Hunters" by Mayne Reid
I saw, as I approached him, that my chances were but indifferent.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
Those placers are not to be approached by white men, unless when in strong force.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
Wolf rushes past with a fierce growl: some one approaches the clearing.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
This city, when approached from the sea, presents an appearance that is truly beautiful.
"Travels in North America, From Modern Writers" by William Bingley
Peering cautiously over the gunwale, the young man saw the raft gradually approaching the Kentucky shore.
"The Ranger" by Edward S. Ellis
At last they approached the hut, and Robin saw in the bright moonlight that the door gaped black at them.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
After a moment's hesitation Raoul approached too.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Bill Smith was approached about this and listened, stroking his lean chin, while the mother eloquently enlarged upon the lad's guilt.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
The tidings of the approach of this army excited the greatest consternation at Darien.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
His approaching heavy footsteps sounded.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The temple, situated on the crest of the hill, was approached by a broad stairway of blue marble, its first step rising from the quay.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
He was really bashful; and when he saw them approaching he wanted to escape, but there was no way.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser

In poetry:

But when once from hence we fly,
More and more approaching nigh
Unto young eternity,
"The White Island:or Place Of The Blest" by Robert Herrick
As every year I see it
Out of the hall downstairs,
The long-delayed approaching
Of this my final year.
"False Alarm" by Boris Pasternak
Approaches now the close
Of Rugby and of "Socker;"
The football jersey goes
Back to its native locker.
"A Pastoral" by P G Wodehouse
A form sits by the window,
That is not seen by day,
For as soon as the dawn approaches
It vanishes away.
"The Haunted Chamber. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The Third)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Come out! The world approaches peace,
War nears its end;
No warrior watches your release–
Only a friend.
"For Fear" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman
On my usual corner,
The corner at which you turn
To approach that place where now
You must not hope to arrive.
"The Tourist from Syracuse" by Donald Justice

In news:

Expect new oncology, diabetes, and cardiovascular drugs as well as a more streamlined approach to manufacturing.
Two thieves approached the victim on Nov 5 at 1:15 am on East 12th Street near Avenue B, snatched.
The 27-year-old victim told cops she was at Navy Street at 10:10 pm when the thief approached her, snatched her phone from her hand, and fled into the nearby housing projects.
The 55-year-old victim said she was between Prospect Place and St Marks Avenue at around 7:30 pm when three men approached from behind, and one grabbed her purse.
Moments before Clint Eastwood approached the podium at the Republican National Convention Thursday night, he asked a stagehand to get him a chair.
Public Health is in the process of evaluating the effectiveness of this approach with the hope that it might offer some protection.
Approaching jazz can seem intimidating for those who don't know hard bop from bebop (or maybe even "Blitzkrieg Bop").
Samuel Ramey stars in both halves of an engaging double bill, presenting two very different approaches to the mysteries of death.
He approached writer-director Tony Gilroy and pointed at the Hilton across the street.
A big difference in atmospheric pressure between the departing low that produced yesterday's rain and the approaching high will yield very strong winds yet again today.
Lewisburg's Police Advisory Board won't act on issues predating its creation, according to a board vote last week when police approached the panel about sergeant stripes.
At Medcare in Breckenridge, a 'mind, body and soul approach'.
This has been a decision Justice Boehm 's been mulling for some time, but a combination of factors such as his wife's approaching retirement and a desire to spend more time with family helped make up his mind.
NEW YORK – There's good reason to approach Bring It On: The Musical (*** out of four) with skepticism.
Kawkab al-Balushi, a bold student newspaper editor, wants to challenge authority – but disagrees with the divergent approach of some of her more rebellious peers who just 'want a Blackberry,' she says.

In science:

According to [Be], there are roughly two approachs: infinite and finite. I understand that those using stacks and loop groups are infinite approach, and working in the category of schemes of finite type is finite approach.
Factorization of generalized theta functions at reducible case
To distinguish them, I write Poss(U jV ) for the (cid:12)rst approach and Poss(U jjV ) for the second approach.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
We conclude with an overview of the basic strategy introduced by us in Ref. 10 for the calculation of dynamical and transport properties—we will be using this approach over and over again in what follows, and while the details will differ from calculation to calculation, the basic approach will remain unchanged.
Dynamics and transport in random quantum systems governed by strong-randomness fixed points
Tm is approached from below, Ploc ∼ (Tm − T ) ˜β, with the critical exponent ˜β = 1 ; it is also easy to obtain that as the temperature approaches Tm, the correlation “length” in Ploc (n) between different indices n and n′ scales as |Tm − T |−˜γ, with the critical exponent ˜γ = 2 .
Force-Induced Melting and Thermal Melting of a Double-Stranded Biopolymer
Recently [12, 9] Wilson’ approach has been resuscited and the GinspargWilson condition is looking for a place in non commutative geometry. L¨uscher’ approach is perhaps closest to Dimakis or Ma jid ones, but Balachandran is already looking for a role for it near to the axiomatic of NCG manifolds.
It is the ambiguity. (But only three generations)
We will not specify the form of a possible fundamental spin-spin interaction (although taking the Poincar´e gauge approach as the basic model), but instead proceed within a similar effective approach in the framework of the spinning fluid variational theory.
Spin-driven inflation
This is a bit disappointing conclusion since the local approach might have expected to give different results for EPR type experiments within terrestrial laboratory on the one side and on cosmic scale on the other which could — at least in principle — to distinguish between the global and local approaches.
Quantum Theory within the Framework of General Relativity
The connection to persistence is not surprising; the RG flow describing the approach to the fixed point is nonequilibrium, as the flow approaches the fixed point but never reaches it.
Breakdown of Conformal Invariance at Strongly Random Critical Points
Another approach is the single-particle approach, which was originally used by Bell (1978a) for non-relativistic shocks and was extended by Peacock (1981) for relativistic shocks.
Application of random walk theory to the first order Fermi acceleration in shock waves
One approach is the Neveu-Schwarz-Ramond (NSR) approach (see for example, Green, Schwarz, and Witten, 1987), in which the world-volume string theory itself is extended to have supersymmetry.
M(atrix) Theory: Matrix Quantum Mechanics as a Fundamental Theory
As △p and △a approach 0 simultaneously, the components of the right-hand side approach the complex derivatives ∂φ1 ∂a and ∂φ2 ∂a .
Bicomplex algebra and function theory
Instead, one has to approach the critical line and obtain the limiting value of x: for example, first, one assumes that point (Tc, µc ) is at the critical line (Tc and µc satisfy Eq. 113) and, then, T (ǫ), µ(ǫ), b(ǫ), b0 (ǫ), x(ǫ) approach their values at the critical line for ǫ → 0.
Random Heteropolymer Dynamics
To our knowledge this approach is the one commonly used in works on scale-free graphs. - The synchronic approach, where one considers the statistical ensemble of graphs at a fixed large time.
Statistical ensemble of scale-free random graphs
Fig. 4a suggests that the size of the giant component approaches zero faster than a power law as δ approaches δc .
Are randomly grown graphs really random?
True symmetry invariants can then be obtained in this formalism by integrating the finite quantum symmetry generator over the gauge group. I call the resulting operator the physical pro jector. I have proposed a tentative implementation of this approach in a new loop approach to quantum gravity.
Quantum general invariance and loop gravity