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- The physical act of seizing or taking hold of; seizure.
- 2006, Phil Senter, "Comparison of Forelimb Function between Deinonychus and Babiraptor (Theropoda: Dromaeosauridea)", Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 26, no. 4 (Dec.), p. 905,
- The wing would have been a severe obstruction to apprehension of an object on the ground.
- The act of seizing or taking by legal process; arrest.
- 1855, Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South, ch. 37,
- The warrant had been issued for his apprehension on the charge of rioting.
- The act of grasping with the intellect; the contemplation of things, without affirming, denying, or passing any judgment; intellection; perception.
- 1815, Percy Bysshe Shelley, "On Life," in A Defence of Poetry and Other Essays (1840 edition),
- We live on, and in living we lose the apprehension of life.
- Opinion; conception; sentiment; idea.
- 1901, Kate Douglas Wiggin, Penelope's English Experiences, ch. 8,
- We think we get a kind of vague apprehension of what London means from the top of a 'bus better than anywhere else.
- The faculty by which ideas are conceived; understanding.
- 1854, Charles Dickens, Hard Times, ch. 7,
- Strangers of limited information and dull apprehension were sometimes observed not to know what a Powler was.
- Anticipation, mostly of things unfavorable; dread or fear at the prospect of some future ill.
- 1846, Herman Melville, Typee: A Peep at Polynesian Life, ch. 32,
- Every circumstance which evinced the savage nature of the beings at whose mercy I was, augmented the fearful apprehensions that consumed me.