Pronunciation: (u-pel', a-pel'; Fr. a-pel'), [key]
—pl. ap•pelsPronunciation: (u-pelz', a-pelz'; Fr. a-pel'). [key] Fencing.
1. a tap or stamp of the foot, formerly serving as a warning of one's intent to attack, but now also used as a feint.
2. a sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.
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