Definitions of opposite

  1. something inverted in sequence or character or effect; " when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
  2. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist.
  3. That which is opposed or contrary; as, sweetness and its opposite.
  4. That which is contrary or in marked contrast.
  5. Oppositeness.
  6. That which is opposed or contrary: an opponent.
  7. Anything opposed or contrary; opponent.
  8. One who or that which is in opposition or contrast.
  9. That which is opposed.
  10. The reverse; that which is the contrary.
  11. directly facing each other; " the two photographs lay face- to- face on the table"; " lived all their lives in houses face- to- face across the street"; " they sat opposite at the table"
  12. Oppositely.
  13. characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed; " in diametric contradiction to his claims"; " diametrical ( or opposite) points of view"; " opposite meanings"; " extreme and indefensible polar positions"
  14. altogether different in nature or quality or significance; " the medicine's effect was opposite to that intended"; " it is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"- Charles Reade
  15. the other one of a complementary pair; " the opposite sex"; " the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
  16. being directly across from each other; facing; " And I on the opposite shore will be, ready to ride and spread the alarm"- Longfellow; " we lived on opposite sides of the street"; " at opposite poles"
  17. Applied to the other of two things which are entirely different; other; as, the opposite sex; the opposite extreme.
  18. Set over against each other, but separated by the whole diameter of the stem, as two leaves at the same node.
  19. Placed directly in front of another part or organ, as a stamen which stands before a petal.
  20. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; - often with to; as, a house opposite to the Exchange.
  21. Placed in front of or over against; as, the houses were opposite to each other; contrary; very different; as, opposite opinions.
  22. Placed over against: standing in front: contrasted with: adverse: contrary.
  23. Facing; adverse; contrary.
  24. Situated in front of or over against; contrary; radically different.
  25. Standing in front; adverse; contrary; growing in pairs, opposed at the same level.
  26. Standing or placed in front; facing; contrary; in bot., applied to leaves placed on opposite sides of a stem at the same level.
  27. Leaves which are opposed, or placed opposite one another at the same level on opposite sides of the stem.