Definition of Obverse

1. Noun. The more conspicuous of two alternatives or cases or sides. "The obverse of this issue"

Generic synonyms: Alternative, Choice, Option

2. Noun. The side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design.
Specialized synonyms: Head
Generic synonyms: Side
Group relationships: Coin
Antonyms: Reverse

Definition of Obverse

1. a. Having the base, or end next the attachment, narrower than the top, as a leaf.

2. n. The face of a coin which has the principal image or inscription upon it; -- the other side being the reverse.

Definition of Obverse

1. Adjective. Turned or facing toward the observer. ¹

2. Adjective. Corresponding; complementary. ¹

3. Noun. The ''heads'' side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that has the principal design. ¹

4. Noun. (logic) The double negative of a statement e.g. ''All men are mortal'' => ''No men are immortal'' ¹

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Definition of Obverse

1. the side of a coin bearing the main design [n -S]

Medical Definition of Obverse

1. Having the base, or end next the attachment, narrower than the top, as a leaf. Origin: L. Obversus, p.p. Of obvertere. See Obvert. 1. The face of a coin which has the principal image or inscription upon it; the other side being the reverse. 2. Anything necessarily involved in, or answering to, another; the more apparent or conspicuous of two possible sides, or of two corresponding things. "The fact that it [a belief] invariably exists being the obverse of the fact that there is no alternative belief." (H. Spencer) Origin: Cf.F. Obverse, obvers. See Obverse. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Obverse

obverse (current term)

Literary usage of Obverse

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Gentleman's Magazine (1848)
"A medal by the same artist, having on the obverse the bust of Cromwell in ... Roman families in gold : Cornelia, having on the obverse a helmeted head of ..."

2. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge: Embracing by Johann Jakob Herzog, Philip Schaff, Albert Hauck (1909)
"At the top of the obverse is a bas-relief representing Hammurabi receiving the code from Shamash. Immediately underneath is the prologue to the code, ..."

3. The Royal Academy of Arts: A Complete Dictionary of Contributors and Their Algernon Graves by Algernon Graves (1906)
"1029 Head of Cicero; obverse of a prize medal presented by the Rt. Hon. ... 1044 Head of His Majesty George the Fourth; obverse of a prize medal for the ..."

4. A Guide to the Manuscripts, Autographs, Charters, Seals, Illuminations and by British Museum Dept. of Manuscripts (1895)
"obverse of the only seal. No date. 11. 12. Henry III. obverse and reverse of the 1st seal. 1230, 1243. 14. 15. Edward I. obverse and reverse of the only ..."

5. Scientific American Reference Book by Albert Allis Hopkins, Alexander Russell Bond (1913)
"The obverse пая NE, and the reverse either XII. or VI. or III. at the top of the coin; otherwise, it is perfectly plain. New England comprised New Hampshire ..."

6. Journal of the North China Branch of the Royal Asiatic Society by Shanghai Literary and Scientific Society, North-China Branch, China Branch (1882)
"Same as before, but. with the character ^C Nguyen of the obverse written in the ... The characters tri and bao written in the seal style. No. 266.— obverse. ..."

7. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1883)
"These pieces have the king's bust on the obverse, and on the reverse a shield. His silver coins of higher denominations were like those of his father, ..."

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