present the appearance

See: appear, demean
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In previous sections I have said that all figures in Flatland present the appearance of a straight line; and it was added or implied, that it is consequently impossible to distinguish by the visual organ between individuals of different classes: yet now I am about to explain to my Spaceland critics how we are able to recognize one another by the sense of sight.
Thus the naked tops of the poles diverge in such a manner that, if they were covered with skins like the lower ends, the tent would be shaped like an hour-glass, and present the appearance of one cone inverted on the apex of another.
The face of the entire cliff was, as later inspection conclusively proved, so shot with veins and patches of solid gold as to quite present the appearance of a solid wall of that precious metal except where it was broken by outcroppings of ruby, emerald, and diamond boulders--a faint and alluring indication of the vast and unguessable riches which lay deeply buried behind the magnificent surface.
The Carrion Caves consist of a series of twenty-seven connecting chambers, and present the appearance of having been eroded by running water in some far-gone age when a mighty river found its way to the south through this single breach in the barrier of rock and ice that hems the country of the pole.
Daily the restless men who have no occupation in life present the appearance of being rather busy.
Thereafter, I showed how the greatest part of the matter of this chaos must, in accordance with these laws, dispose and arrange itself in such a way as to present the appearance of heavens; how in the meantime some of its parts must compose an earth and some planets and comets, and others a sun and fixed stars.
In a surprisingly large number of trademark infringement cases, defendants enjoined from use of an infringing trademark make only de minimis changes to the infringing product to present the appearance of compliance with a court's order.
Financial ties to industry don't prove that a writer is biased--but they do present the appearance of a conflict of interest.
Blackwood's implied that its writers were "naturally" gentlemen, whereas Cockney men were bad actors who constantly struggled and never quite succeeded to present the appearance of gentility and erase their trade origins.
Zak Designs is lending its support to the National Breast Cancer Foundation with its line of Rose Bowls, four individual bowls in varying shades of pink that are sculpted to present the appearance of flower petals.
If the military is unable to openly prosecute a soldier from the JTF2 because the unit's secrecy is deemed too important, does it not present the appearance that this shadowy group of commandos are above justice?
This effort includes the development of guidances to provide greater clarity and transparency in the disclosure of waivers of relationships that could present the appearance of conflicts of interest, as well as additional efforts to implement more streamlined approaches that will improve the transparency in the appointment of members to the agency's advisory committees.