opposite
opposite op"po*site ([o^]p"p[-o]*z[i^]t or [o^]p"p[-o]*s[i^]t), a. [F., fr. L. oppositus, p. p. of opponere. See {Opponent}.] 1. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; -- often with to; as, a house opposite to the Exchange; the concert hall and the state theater stood opposite each other on the plaza. [1913 Webster]

2. Situated on the other end of an imaginary line passing through or near the middle of an intervening space or object; -- of one object with respect to another; as, the office is on the opposite side of town; -- also used both to describe two objects with respect to each other; as, the stores were on opposite ends of the mall. [PJC]

3. Applied to the other of two things which are entirely different; other; as, the opposite sex; the opposite extreme; antonyms have opposite meanings. [1913 Webster +PJC]

4. Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic. [1913 Webster]

Novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pleasure opposite to that which is designed in an epic poem. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes almost opposite, significations. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

5. (Bot.) (a) Set over against each other, but separated by the whole diameter of the stem, as two leaves at the same node. (b) Placed directly in front of another part or organ, as a stamen which stands before a petal. [1913 Webster]


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  • opposite — [ ɔpozit ] n. m. • 1325; adj. XIIIe; lat. oppositus « opposé » → opposé ♦ Vx Lieu, côté opposé; manière opposée. ♢ Mod. Loc. adv. À L OPPOSITE; loc. prép. À L OPPOSITE DE. Leurs maisons sont situées à l opposite l une de l autre, en face. ⇒ vis à …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • opposite — Ⅰ. opposite UK US /ˈɒpəzɪt/ adjective ► completely different: opposite to sth »This year s conference is completely opposite to last year s, which was very poorly attended. »The new rates of pay were intended to increase staff morale, but they… …   Financial and business terms

  • opposite# — opposite n contradictory, contrary, antithesis, antipode, antonym (see under OPPOSITE adj) opposite adj Opposite, contradictory, contrary, antithetical, antipodal, antipodean, antonymous are comparable chiefly as applied to abstractions and as… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • opposite — Opposite. adj. de tout genre Qui est dans une situation opposée La rive opposite. le rivage opposite. Il s employe quelquefois au substantif, & alors il signifie Contraire. De ces deux hommes l un est doux, honneste & civil, l autre est brusque,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • opposite — [äp′ə zit, äp′əsit] adj. [OFr < L oppositus, pp. of opponere: see OPPONENT] 1. set against, facing, or back to back; at the other end or side; in a contrary position or direction: often with to 2. characterized by hostility or resistance 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • opposite — As an adjective denoting position, opposite is followed by to (Two people directly opposite to each other); it is also used with the same meaning as a preposition without to (Two people directly opposite each other). As a noun, opposite is… …   Modern English usage

  • Opposite — may refer to: Opposite (semantics), a word that means the opposite of a word Botany: a kind of arrangement of leaves Additive inverse, in mathematics, taking the negative ( opposite ) of a number Opposite category or dual category, in category… …   Wikipedia

  • opposite — ► ADJECTIVE 1) situated on the other or further side; facing. 2) completely different. 3) being the other of a contrasted pair. 4) (of angles) between opposite sides of the intersection of two lines. ► NOUN ▪ an opposite person or thing. ► ADVERB …   English terms dictionary

  • Opposite — Op po*site, n. 1. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The opposites of this day s strife. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • opposite — [adj] unlike, conflicting; completely different adverse, antagonistic, antipodal, antipodean, antithetical, contradictory, contrapositive, contrary, contrasted, corresponding, counter, crosswise, diametric, diametrically opposed, different,… …   New thesaurus

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