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Definitions of opposite

  1. a relation of direct opposition; " we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
  2. 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"
  3. 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"
  4. something inverted in sequence or character or effect; " when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
  5. a contestant that you are matched against
  6. moving or facing away from each other; " looking in opposite directions"; " they went in opposite directions"
  7. 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
  8. the other one of a complementary pair; " the opposite sex"; " the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
  9. of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem; " opposite leaves"
  10. 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"
  11. Applied to the other of two things which are entirely different; other; as, the opposite sex; the opposite extreme.
  12. Set over against each other, but separated by the whole diameter of the stem, as two leaves at the same node.
  13. Placed directly in front of another part or organ, as a stamen which stands before a petal.
  14. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist.
  15. That which is opposed or contrary; as, sweetness and its opposite.
  16. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; - often with to; as, a house opposite to the Exchange.
  17. Placed in front of or over against; as, the houses were opposite to each other; contrary; very different; as, opposite opinions.
  18. That which is contrary or in marked contrast.
  19. Oppositely.
  20. Oppositeness.
  21. Placed over against: standing in front: contrasted with: adverse: contrary.
  22. That which is opposed or contrary: an opponent.
  23. Anything opposed or contrary; opponent.
  24. Facing; adverse; contrary.
  25. Situated in front of or over against; contrary; radically different.
  26. One who or that which is in opposition or contrast.
  27. Standing in front; adverse; contrary; growing in pairs, opposed at the same level.
  28. That which is opposed.
  29. Standing or placed in front; facing; contrary; in bot., applied to leaves placed on opposite sides of a stem at the same level.
  30. The reverse; that which is the contrary.
  31. Leaves which are opposed, or placed opposite one another at the same level on opposite sides of the stem.

Usage examples for opposite

  1. Then he abruptly sat down at the opposite end of the couch. – Her Weight in Gold by George Barr McCutcheon
  2. Well, he wished a great many vain and useless things as he sat there opposite to her, conscious that she had forgotten him. – A Beautiful Alien by Julia Magruder
  3. Make the other half in the same way, starting on the opposite side of the single ring and slipping ring into ring as you did before. – Little Folks' Handy Book by Lina Beard Adelia B. Beard
  4. Dobbs came in and sat herself down opposite Jane. – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  5. In the opposite room the old man still sat with his letter before him. – Nine Little Goslings by Susan Coolidge
  6. When all have passed through, the two players at the opposite end of the line raise their hands and cry, " Bid, bid, bid!" – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft
  7. Sally sat down and Mr. Gilfeather sat opposite. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  8. But they do just the opposite. – The Art of Literature by Arthur Schopenhauer
  9. Here, opposite the mouth of the Tartessus, they place the island Erythea, i. – The History of Antiquity, Vol. II (of VI) by Max Duncker
  10. Foster sat down opposite. – Carmen's Messenger by Harold Bindloss
  11. In the side of the wall opposite the window, was again a box- bed. – Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  12. You are sitting opposite and talking- about Mrs. Berline. – Gilbert Keith Chesterton by Maisie Ward
  13. Dorothy Fraser's people lived in the house nearly opposite. – A Girl in Ten Thousand by L. T. Meade
  14. A little later he came and took his seat opposite Pete. – The Ridin' Kid from Powder River by Henry Herbert Knibbs
  15. She seemed as if she would walk in the opposite direction. – Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood by George MacDonald
  16. You sit, I stand at the opposite side of the table. – Life on the Stage by Clara Morris
  17. It was opposite the Priory . – The Secret of Sarek by Maurice Leblanc
  18. He found himself at the host's right hand, with Lorimer directly opposite. – The Dominant Strain by Anna Chapin Ray
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