Definition of Opposite

1. Noun. A word that expresses a meaning opposed to the meaning of another word, in which case the two words are antonyms of each other. "To him the antonym of `gay' was `depressed'"

Exact synonyms: Antonym, Opposite Word
Generic synonyms: Word
Specialized synonyms: Direct Antonym, Indirect Antonym
Derivative terms: Antonymous
Antonyms: Synonym

2. Adjective. Being directly across from each other; facing. "At opposite poles"
Similar to: Other

3. Adverb. Directly facing each other. "They sat opposite at the table"
Exact synonyms: Face-to-face

4. Noun. A relation of direct opposition. "We thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
Exact synonyms: Contrary, Reverse
Generic synonyms: Oppositeness, Opposition
Derivative terms: Reverse, Reverse, Reverse

5. Adjective. Of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem. "Opposite leaves"
Exact synonyms: Paired
Category relationships: Botany, Phytology
Antonyms: Alternate

6. Noun. A contestant that you are matched against.
Exact synonyms: Opponent, Opposition
Generic synonyms: Contestant
Derivative terms: Oppose

7. Adjective. Moving or facing away from each other. "They went in opposite directions"
Similar to: Other

8. Noun. Something inverted in sequence or character or effect. "When the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
Exact synonyms: Inverse
Specialized synonyms: Additive Inverse, Multiplicative Inverse, Reciprocal
Generic synonyms: Oppositeness, Opposition

9. Adjective. The other one of a complementary pair. "The two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
Similar to: Other

10. Adjective. Altogether different in nature or quality or significance. "It is said that opposite characters make a union happiest"
Similar to: Different
Derivative terms: Oppositeness

11. Adjective. Characterized by opposite extremes; completely opposed. "Extreme and indefensible polar positions"
Exact synonyms: Diametric, Diametrical, Polar
Similar to: Different
Derivative terms: Oppositeness, Polarity, Pole

Definition of Opposite

1. a. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; -- often with to; as, a house opposite to the Exchange.

2. n. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist.

Definition of Opposite

1. Adjective. located directly across from something else, or from each other ¹

2. Adjective. facing in the other direction ¹

3. Adjective. of either of two complementary or mutually exclusive things ¹

4. Noun. something opposite or contrary to another ¹

5. Noun. an opponent ¹

6. Noun. an antonym ¹

7. Noun. (mathematics) an additive inverse ¹

8. Adverb. In an opposite position. ¹

9. Preposition. facing, or across from ¹

10. Preposition. in a complementary role to ¹

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Definition of Opposite

1. one that is radically different from another in some related way [n -S]

Medical Definition of Opposite

1. 1. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or in front; facing; often with to; as, a house opposite to the Exchange. 2. Applied to the other of two things which are entirely different; other; as, the opposite sex; the opposite extreme. 3. Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic. "Novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pieasure opposite to that which is designed in an epic poem." (Dryden) "Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes almost opposite, significations." (Locke) 4. Set over against each other, but separated by the whole diameter of the stem, as two leaves at the same node. Placed directly in front of another part or organ, as a stamen which stands before a petal. Origin: F, fr. L. Oppositus, p. P. Of opponere. See Opponent. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Opposite

opposer muscle of little finger
opposer muscle of thumb
opposite number
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opposite side
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opposite word
opposites attract

Literary usage of Opposite

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1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans G√ľnther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"The Rolling of the Eyes opposite to the Lateral Flexion of the Head This sign consists in a rolling movement of the eyes in a direction opposite to the ..."

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