• WordNet 3.6
    • adj approaching of the relatively near future "the approaching election","this coming Thursday","the forthcoming holidays","the upcoming spring fashions"
    • n approaching the act of drawing spatially closer to something "the hunter's approach scattered the geese"
    • n approaching the temporal property of becoming nearer in time "the approach of winter"
    • n approaching the event of one object coming closer to another
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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
    • n Approaching (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.
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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.
    • n approaching In horticulture, the act of ingrafting a sprig or shoot of one tree into another without cutting it from the parent stock. Also called inarching and grafting by approach.
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  • Mishkat Al-massabaih
    Mishkat Al-massabaih
    “Whoever approaches Me walking, I will come to him running; and he who meets Me with sins equivalent to the whole world, I will greet him with forgiveness equal to it.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Difficulties increase the nearer we approach the goal.”
  • Hitopadesa
    “Greatness does not approach him who is forever looking down.”
  • Lewis Lehr
    Lewis Lehr
    “The entrepreneurial approach is not a sideline at 3M. It is the heart of our design for growth.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “One of the signs of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.”
  • William F. Buckley
    William F. Buckley
    “Idealism is fine, but as it approaches reality the cost becomes prohibitive.”


In literature:

A figure, walking slowly, with down-bent head, was approaching the hotel from the pier.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
He rushed madly at the triumphant lass, who did not shrink from the hostile approach.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
For this end I once more approached the bed, and drew aside the silk.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
A signal has been agreed upon, and the instant the army approaches we shall be off to the country again.
"Famous Adventures And Prison Escapes of the Civil War" by Various
Is there no sound of approaching footsteps?
"Three Years' War" by Christiaan Rudolf de Wet
As they approached the line of surf, Charlie fairly held his breath; for it seemed impossible that the boat could live through it.
"With Clive in India" by G. A. Henty
And, in his despair, he approached Porthos, who blocked up the whole of the passage leading from the back shop to the shop itself.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
The only approaches to it were right and left, and from the hill above, where the dark woods crowded.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
As they approached Tepeaca the road was lined with people, the news of the approach of the wonderful white man having spread rapidly.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
When the two were silent, he approached them with an air of profound respect.
"Napoleon and the Queen of Prussia" by L. Mühlbach,
Mrs. Danforth approached the basket and gazed on its contents with tearful eyes.
"Eventide" by Effie Afton
Night was indeed approaching.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
As yet they had no fear of an immediate approach of the Confederates.
"The Young Sharpshooter at Antietam" by Everett T. Tomlinson
I was still in a floating Monongahela ark as we approached this coast of cliffs.
"The American Indians" by Henry R. Schoolcraft
To escape this he ascended the hill and approached his companion.
"The Marriage of Esther" by Guy Boothby
I was still in a floating Monongahela ark as we approached this coast of cliffs.
"Western Scenes and Reminiscences" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
It ran swiftly from one corner to another, and, when approached, growled somewhat in the manner of a common Fox.
"Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2" by Maria R. Audubon
She trembled as she approached him with downcast eyes.
"The Knight of Malta" by Eugene Sue
Long sustained trombone notes softly swell; approaching peals of bells are heard.
"The Complete Opera Book" by Gustav Kobbé
Suddenly Reuben saw the outline of three dim forms approaching on horseback.
"Scouting with Kit Carson" by Everett T. Tomlinson

In poetry:

WEEPING, murmuring, complaining,
Lost to every gay delight;
MYRA, too sincere for feigning,
Fears th' approaching bridal night.
"A Sonnet" by Oliver Goldsmith
I watch in the great wide heaven
Their changing lustre play,
Till the old soul sinks in my bosom,
Like night at approach of day.
"Night In The Village" by Alexander Anderson
With joy approach, O Christian Wight!
Do homage to thy King;
And highly praise this humble pomp
Which He from heaven doth bring.
"Behold A Silly Tender Babe" by Robert Southwell
Ride on! ride on in majesty!
The angel armies of the sky
Look down with sad and wondering eyes,
To see the approaching sacrifice.
"Ride on! ride on in majesty!" by Henry Hart Milman
The boatman plied the oar, the boat
Approach'd his resting place,
The moon-beam shone upon the child
And show'd how pale his face.
"Lord William" by Robert Southey
The sailors round their sov'reign croud,
Who on the vessels stern,
Now hails the knight's approach aloud,
Eager, his aim to learn.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley

In news:

Ave Maria takes up less structured, more enriching approach.
Still determined to become a pilot, Brown approached the aviation program director at Ohio State and declared his intention.
Arguing that "he Mind is the source of all appearances, functions and existence," Venerable Master Tsan (Just Use This Mind, The Origin Is Pure) emphasizes an introspective approach to enlightenment.
Anyone who's ever traveled to a foreign country has experienced a moment of absolute terror when approaching a door with a sign not written in English.
Homecoming Week Approaches At Ruthven- Ayrshire School.
Backdoor approach to statehood.
Family members watch from a boat as a gray whale seems to check them out minutes before deciding to approach.
TIMELESS AND APPROACHABLE Sàfilo Group launches its Banana Republic ophthalmic collection, an eyewear line taking its name from the popular clothing retailer.
A proposal to let injured people recover more money for medical bills takes the wrong approach.
As Gibson approached the change machine in front of the business, Gibson said he saw it shake each time he "heard the loud ' bang ' noise".
Slow Hand's Dan Frengs believes in low-and-slow cooking, too, but the man has his mind on the meat, taking a more minimal Texan approach to barbecuing.
Kevin Kepple takes a bare-bones approach to painting that's surprisingly muscular.
Requested Report Last Year to Fine-Tune Public Safety, Mitigation Approach.
When they approached his vehicle near 3:15 Monday, Barnaby 's s car was driving on the rim, causing sparks, had significant front end damage and was missing the driver's side front tire, Erie County Sheriff's Deputies say.
Many people have claimed to be able to "predict" approaching rainstorms by observing pains in various parts of their bodies, particularly in the joints and bones.

In science:

Synthetic geometry encompasses metric geometry as well as a range of axiomatic approaches to the study of geometric ob jects, as opposed to the coordinatized or tensorial approaches of classical differential geometry.
Thin triangles and a multiplicative ergodic theorem for Teichm\"uller geometry
The approach in may be more suitable for extensions to point processes of different nature: recently, using a similar approach, Chatterjee, Peled, Peres, and Romik found counterparts of Theorems 1.3 and 1.4 for the Poisson process in Rd with d > 3 .
Transportation to random zeroes by the gradient flow
It should be stressed that eqs.(2.15) radically differs from the mean-field approach because, eqs.(2.15) are brought about by a long-range coupling process while the mean field approach is founded on the premise that any system can be divided into subsystems whose fluctuations are independent one from another.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
It is worth noting that the folding is broader notion than the tangent approach to the boundary. Both folding and the tangent approach produce the same effect: they contribute to the convergence of a trajectory making it to depart from the threshold.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
The PGM approach to state identifi cation differs from our approach in an important way: the PGM approach does not usually give single register algorithms for state identification, whereas our approach based on state distinction does.
Random measurement bases, quantum state distinction and applications to the hidden subgroup problem
Arguments as before prove (48) with this definition of W : for suitable noise one finds an orbit starting at x that approaches a point in V and then with further iterates approaches y ∈ W .
Bifurcations of stationary measures of random diffeomorphisms
We have numerically found that the solutions approach the scaling solution for the initial condition xi > 0 whereas they approach the phantom scalar-field dominant point when xi < 0.
General analytic formulae for attractor solutions of scalar-field dark energy models and their multi-field generalizations
Let us then briefly review the logical structure of Stapp’s attempts, to see how his approach differs from the approach of Bell (elaborated and completed in the present paper).
Bell Locality and the Nonlocal Character of Nature
Since the MF approach offers a reliable guide to construct translational symmetry-breaking pro jected variational wave-functions, we will present first the MF approach in section II before the more involved VMC calculations in Section III.
Bond-order modulated staggered flux phase for the $t{-}J$ model on the square lattice
As the second approach does not apply to Theorem 1.4, the first approach is more productive.
Rational surfaces in index-one Fano hypersurfaces
Gaussian distribution as the dynamics of the walker becomes ballistic when α approaches unity and β approaches ±1.
Exact moments in a continuous time random walk with complete memory of its history
Fine avoids attributing probabilities to instrument settings, in contrast to the approach we have adopted in this paper; his is the “minimalist approach” mooted at the beginning of Section III.
A Bell Inequality Analog in Quantum Measure Theory
For hK i > 1, an ep transition can be observed at p = pc . A curious feature of this system is that pc is not a monotonic function of hK i, having a maximum value of (1 − ρ)/e at hK i = e/(1 − ρ) and approaching zero as hK i approaches infinity.
Exhaustive percolation on random networks
Thus, a natural question is what is the exact relationship between the two approaches mentioned above and, in particular, whether there is a “natural” condition under which both approaches coincide.
Semantics and Complexity of SPARQL
Some issues on the depth-first approach There are two relevant issues to consider when using the depth-first approach to evaluate SPARQL queries.
Semantics and Complexity of SPARQL