Hypertext Webster Gateway: "approach"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Approach \Ap*proach"\, n. (Golf)
A stroke whose object is to land the ball on the putting
green. It is made with an iron club.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Approach \Ap*proach"\, v. i. [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 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Approach \Ap*proach"\, v. t.
1. To bring near; to cause to draw near; to advance.
[Archaic] --Boyle.

2. 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. --Temple.

3. (Mil.) To take approaches to.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Approach \Ap*proach"\, n. [Cf. F. approche. See {Approach}, v.
1. The act of drawing near; a coming or advancing near. ``The
approach of summer.'' --Horsley.

A nearer approach to the human type. --Owen.

2. A access, or opportunity of drawing near.

The approach to kings and principal persons.

3. pl. Movements to gain favor; advances.

4. A way, passage, or avenue by which a place or buildings
can be approached; an access. --Macaulay.

5. pl. (Fort.) The advanced works, trenches, or covered roads
made by besiegers in their advances toward a fortress or
military post.

6. (Hort.) See {Approaching}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: 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" [syn: {attack}, {plan of
2: the act of drawing spatially closer to something; "the
hunter's approach scattered the geese" [syn: {approaching},
3: a way of entering or leaving; "he took a wrong turn on the
access to the bridge" [syn: {access}]
4: the final path followed by an aircraft as it is landing
[syn: {approach path}, {glide path}, {glide slope}]
5: the event of one object coming closer to another [syn: {approaching}]
6: a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of
others; "she rejected his advances" [syn: {overture}, {advance},
7: the temporal property of becoming nearer in time; "the
approach of winter" [syn: {approaching}, {coming}]
8: a close approximation; "the nearest approach to genius"
9: 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" [syn: {approach shot}]
v 1: move towards; "We were approaching our destination"; "They
are drawing near"; "The enemy army came nearer and
nearer" [syn: {near}, {come on}, {go up}, {draw near}, {draw
close}, {come near}]
2: come near or verge on, resemble, come nearer in quality, or
character; "This borders on discrimination!"; "His playing
approaches tht of Horowitz" [syn: {border on}]
3: begin to deal with; "approach a task"; "go about a difficult
problem"; "appraoch a new project" [syn: {set about}, {go
4: metaphorically, as in time; "Winter is approaching";
"approaching old age" [syn: {come near}]
5: make advances to someone, usually with a proposal or
suggestion; "I was approached by the President to serve as
his adviser in foreign matters"

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