The Collaborative International Dictionary
Append \Ap*pend"\ ([a^]p*p[e^]nd"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Appended; p. pr. & vb. n. Appending.] [L. appendere or F. appendre: cf. OE. appenden, apenden, to belong, OF. apendre, F. appendre, fr. L. append[=e]re, v. i., to hang to, append[e^]re, v. t., to hang to; ad + pend[=e]re, v. i., to hang, pend[e^]re, v. t., to hang. See Pendant.]
To hang or attach to, as by a string, so that the thing is suspended; as, a seal appended to a record; the inscription was appended to the column.
To add, as an accessory to the principal thing; to annex; as, notes appended to this chapter.
A further purpose appended to the primary one.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
late 14c., "to belong to as a possession or right," from Old French apendre (13c.) belong, be dependent (on); attach (oneself) to; hang, hang up," and directly from Latin appendere "to cause to hang (from something), weigh," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + pendere "hang" (see pendant).\n
\nMeaning "to hang on, attach as a pendant" is 1640s; that of "attach as an appendix" is recorded by 1843. OED says the original word was obsolete by c.1500, and these later transitive senses represent a reborrowing from Latin or French. Related: Appended; appending.
n. (context computing English) An instance of writing more data to the end of an existing file. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To hang or attach to, as by a string, so that the thing is suspended; as, a seal appended to a record; the inscription was appended to the column. 2 (context transitive English) To add, as an accessory to the principal thing; to annex; as, notes appended to this chapter. 3 (context computing English) To write more data to the end of a pre-existing file.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
In general, to append is to join or add on to the end of something. For example, an appendix is a section appended (added to the end) of a document.
Usage examples of "append".
Beaufort, Port Royal, and New Orleans shall so far cease and determine, from and after the first day of June next, that commercial intercourse with those ports, except as to persons, things, and information contraband of war, may from that time be carried on, subject to the laws of the United States, and to the limitations and in pursuance of the regulations which are prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury in his order of this date, which is appended to this proclamation.
Alexandria shall so far cease and determine, from and after this date, that commercial intercourse with said port, except as to persons, things, and information contraband of war, may from this date be carried on, subject to the laws of the United States, and to the limitations and in pursuance of the regulations which are prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury in his order which is appended to my proclamation of the 12th of May, 1862.
GENTLEMEN:--On the 15th day of this month, as I remember, a printed paper manuscript, with a few manuscript interlineations, called a protest, with your names appended thereto, and accompanied by another printed paper, purporting to be a proclamation by Andrew Johnson, Military Governor of Tennessee, and also a manuscript paper, purporting to be extracts from the Code of Tennessee, were laid before me.
The number of the family to which each genus belongs is appended, as this serves to show the place of each in the series.
The arrangement of the species, with the number of the Family appended, is the same as in the case of stems.
At the close of this same chapter, a few observations were appended on what may be called the embryology of leaves.
Also the program permutated the dictionary words to try each word with an appended digit, or appending the number of the current month.
January, 1861, unless, forsooth, the resolutions appended hereto be so held.
I have consulted no one on the subject, and have appended my name only to avoid resting an important fact upon anonymous authority.
Shimone, is how this potful of reforms placed before the High Council by the Hunzan Clan has your name appended to it?
Doan had left appended to Tonto Charlie, and for all he knew it might really be the same one.
Guizot also appeared to him worthy of being better known to the English public than they were likely to be, as appended to the French translation.
To this let me append two arcana of angelic wisdom showing further what divine providence is like.
From every part of the provinces chartist delegates arrived, by railway and coach, bringing large rolls of petitions to be appended to the general roll.
Mahlke was wearing something on his neck again, appended to a black shoelace: not a screwdriver, but the bronze medallion with the so-called Black Madonna of Czestochowa in low relief.