The Collaborative International Dictionary
Appui \Ap`pui"\, n. [F., fr. L. ad + podium foothold, Gr. ?, dim. of ?, ?, foot.]
A support or supporter; a stay; a prop. [Obs.]
If a vine be to climb trees that are of any great height, there would be stays and appuies set to it.
(Man.) The mutual bearing or support of the hand of the rider and the mouth of the horse through the bit and bridle. Point d'appui. [F., a point of support.] (Mil.)
A given point or body, upon which troops are formed, or by which are marched in line or column.
An advantageous defensive support, as a castle, morass, wood, declivity, etc.
any point of support or basis of operations, as a rallying point.
n. 1 (context obsolete English) A support or supporter; a stay; a prop. 2 (cx horse-riding English) The mutual bearing or support of the hand of the rider and the mouth of the horse through the bit and bridle.
Usage examples of "appui".
A small hamlet called Rosmead formed, however, a point d'appui, and to this the infantry clung tenaciously, while reinforcements dribbled across to them from the farther side.
Their first efforts were devoted towards getting possession of the farmhouse, which would give them a point d'appui from which they could turn the whole line.
On the present occasion I was fortunate in having had that get-together with the housemaid and the cat Augustus, for it gave me what they call in France a point d'appui.