opposite

Definitions

  • The Farmhouse opposite Crowhurst Church
    The Farmhouse opposite Crowhurst Church
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj opposite of leaves etc; growing in pairs on either side of a stem "opposite leaves"
    • adj opposite 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"
    • adj opposite 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"
    • adj opposite the other one of a complementary pair "the opposite sex","the two chess kings are set up on squares of opposite colors"
    • adj opposite 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"
    • adj opposite moving or facing away from each other "looking in opposite directions","they went in opposite directions"
    • adv opposite 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"
    • n opposite 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'"
    • n opposite a contestant that you are matched against
    • n opposite a relation of direct opposition "we thought Sue was older than Bill but just the reverse was true"
    • n opposite something inverted in sequence or character or effect "when the direct approach failed he tried the inverse"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The Tudor House, Opposite St Michael's Church, Southampton The Tudor House, Opposite St Michael's Church, Southampton
OPPOSITE A CORNER IN AN OLD SECTION OPPOSITE A CORNER IN AN OLD SECTION
GARDEN AT MOUNT PLEASANT, OPPOSITE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA GARDEN AT MOUNT PLEASANT, OPPOSITE CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The planet Venus spins opposite to the other planets in the solar system
    • opposite Applied to the other of two things which are entirely different; other; as, the opposite sex; the opposite extreme; antonyms have opposite meanings.
    • opposite Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant; antagonistic. "Novels, by which the reader is misled into another sort of pleasure opposite to that which is designed in an epic poem.""Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes almost opposite , significations."
    • Opposite One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. "The opposites of this day's strife."
    • opposite (Bot) Placed directly in front of another part or organ, as a stamen which stands before a petal.
    • opposite 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.
    • opposite (Bot) Set over against each other, but separated by the whole diameter of the stem, as two leaves at the same node.
    • opposite 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.
    • Opposite That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning; as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the opposite of down. "The virtuous man meets with more opposites and opponents than any other."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: POSSLQ in a census form means "Person of opposite sex sharing living Quarters"
    • opposite That forms or is situated in or on the other or further side, end, or boundary of an interval, space, or thing; placed over against or face to face with (another or one another): literally or figuratively: as, the opposite side of the street or square; the opposite door; an opposite angle.
    • opposite Contrary; reverse.
    • opposite Of a totally or radically different nature, quality, or tendency; also (of two persons or things), mutually antagonistic or repugnant; mutually opposed in character or action; contradictory; non-congruent: as, words of opposite meaning; opposite terms.
    • opposite Adverse; opposed; hostile; antagonistic; inimical.
    • opposite In botany: Situated on opposite sides of an axis, as leaves when there are two on one node.
    • opposite Having a position between an organ and the axis on which it is borne, as a stamen when it is opposite a sepal or petal. In both senses opposed to alternate.
    • n opposite One who opposes or is adverse; an opponent; an adversary; an enemy; an antagonist.
    • n opposite That which opposes; that which is opposed or is opposite; a complement in characteristic qualities or properties; specifically, as a logical term, anything contrasted with another in any sense.
    • n opposite [Some modern writers on logic wish to call any two different species of the same genus opposites. This practice has little to recommend it.]
    • opposite In gcom., in any complete set of connectors or fans, said of the first and the (n /2+l)th, when n is even.
    • n opposite In geometry, an opposite point.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The numbers on opposite sides of a die always add up to seven.
    • adj Opposite op′ō-zit placed over against: standing in front: situated on opposite sides: contrasted with: opposed to: of an entirely different nature
    • n Opposite that which is opposed or contrary: an opponent
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Quotations

  • Bob Wells
    Bob Wells
    “For every action there is an equal and opposite government program.”
  • Harold Geneen Ceo
    Harold Geneen Ceo
    “You read a book from beginning to end. You run a business the opposite way. You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it.”
  • Fran Lebowitz
    Fran%20Lebowitz
    “The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “While fools shun one set of faults they run into the opposite one.”
  • Rollo May
    Rollo May
    “Hate is not the opposite of love; apathy is.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. oppositus, p. p. of opponere,. See Opponent

Usage

In literature:

In this undertaking he met with vigorous opposition.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
St. Paul's Church, the foundation-stone of which was laid July, 1882, by the late Duke of Albany, is opposite.
"Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
The town pump stood across the ten feet wide sidewalk opposite.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Before World War II most black leaders had agreed with the Army's opposition to all-black divisions, but for different reasons.
"Integration of the Armed Forces, 1940-1965" by Morris J. MacGregor Jr.
Opposite to the cathedral, and on the other side of the college green, is the Mayor's Chapel, where his honor attends divine service.
"Young Americans Abroad" by Various
Except for a few long-range shots, there was no opposition.
"Through Three Campaigns" by G. A. Henty
Resume the order, the left hand quitting the piece opposite the right hip.
"Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911" by United States War Department
Here he found himself in direct opposition to Mr. Clay, whose political existence was staked upon the opposite theory.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
Inexperienced in the passions of men, and unaccustomed to consult even his friends, he was resolved to admit of no opposition.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2" by Egerton Ryerson
And so the Apostle has worked round, you see, to almost an opposite thought from the one with which he started.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
I continued my walk along the beach until I had reached that point of the island directly opposite to the mainland of Mexico.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Opposition gives us greater power of resistance.
"Pushing to the Front" by Orison Swett Marden
As Napoleon approached Paris, all armed opposition to him melted away.
"The Political History of England - Vol XI" by George Brodrick
In the evening they had a torchlight procession and lighted a huge bonfire on the hill opposite the castle.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Its most south-easterly offshoots are formed by the Bisamberg (1180 ft.), near Vienna, just opposite the Kahlenberg.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
In the face of bitter native opposition, he got some roads accomplished.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 17 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
After events justified both the policy of the Government and, to some extent, the criticism of the Opposition.
"The Day of Sir Wilfrid Laurier" by Oscar D. Skelton
But man with man cannot arrange in the same opposition.
"The Writings Of Thomas Paine, Complete" by Thomas Paine
Fifty years passed away before the popular assembly made use of its prerogative, and passed a law in opposition to the senate.
"The History of Freedom" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
Contradictory opposition is distinguished from CONTRARY, the opposition of one Universal to another, of A to E and E to A.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
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In poetry:

My faith thus stands on divine light,
Believing what it clearly sees,
Yet faith is opposite to sight,
Trusting its ear, and not its eyes.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
But oft, when wisely I'd pilot thro'
Where the opposite eddies whelm,
My Arm grows weak, and the ship, untrue,
Refuses to answer the helm.
"The Mariner's Compass" by Ernest Jones
In fears I spend my vital breath,
In doubts I waste my passing years!
Yet still the life I live is faith,
The opposite of doubts and fears.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine
Yet still, ever after that sorrowful day,
Whenever the Butcher was by,
The Beaver kept looking the opposite way,
And appeared unaccountably shy.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
Stern JOHNNY their agony loud derides
With a very triumphant sneer -
They weep and they wail from the opposite sides
(And I shed a silent tear).
"Emily, John, James, and I" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Sullen and silent, and like couchant lions,
Their cannon, through the night,
Holding their breath, had watched, in grim defiance,
The sea-coast opposite.
"The Warden Of The Cinque Ports. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

In news:

Last week – just as new revelations emerged of Syrian regime massacres of women and children – Moscow ordered the harshest measures against its own political opposition since Vladimir Putin first took power.
A new study from Cardiff University in the UK says it actually does just the opposite.
Backyard chicken bill survives opposition, clears Metro Council.
A couple of teams at opposite ends of the spectrum in the Western Athletic Conference get together in Las Cruces this weekend, as the slumping New Mexico State Aggies take on the 24th-ranked Louisiana Tech Bulldogs.
Church of Scientology ratcheting up opposition to film 'The Master,' report says.
Czech Opposition Forum To Enter Free Elections.
Czechs Name a New Cabinet But the Opposition Rejects It.
Riot police use tear gas outside opposition mosques.
JEFFERSON CITY — Democratic Sen Claire McCaskill attempted to dispel rumors about health care legislation Wednesday night but still faced opposition from a vocal audience.
Voters in the Democratic Republic of Congo lined up at polling stations Monday as the giant country holds its second postwar election despite opposition calls for delay over logistical challenges.
In fact, it does exactly the opposite.
But data from Dealogic reveals the opposite to.
John Cleese has joined the cast of Jason Connery's indie romantic comedy "Of Corset 's Mine," opposite Derek Jacobi, Christine Baranski, Camilla Belle and William Mosely.
Some years it's been just the opposite — too many spring-like days in February meant few daffodils for the festival.
Margaret Warner and Time magazine's Rania Abouzeid discuss the uptick in violence, plus reports of opposition forces capturing Iranian agents inside Syria.
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In science:

The last two equations say that [(1A ⊗ U )ρ)] and [(D ⊗ 1Aop )ρ−1 ] are inverses in the algebra A ⊗ Aop where Aop denotes the opposite algebra.
Bi-oriented Quantum Algebras, and a Generalized Alexander Polynomial for Virtual Links
Two particles uniformly accelerated in opposite directions.
Radiative spacetimes
The opposite choice exchanges the symmetry of the matrix σ between the two classes.
2d random Dirac fermions: large N approach
An additional analysis with opposite signed second time series allows us to distinguish positive and negative relations.
Nonlinear analysis of bivariate data with cross recurrence plots
There are two diagrams with the structure of Fig. 2(a), in which the scalar particle propagates in opposite directions.
General Covariance in Quantum Gravity
In this regime, the density perturbation is exponentially localized at the elastic wall opposite to the thermal wall.
Symmetry-breaking instability in a prototypical driven granular gas
For all remaining bundles there is at least one integer that appears with opposite signs.
Geometric Syzygies of Mukai Varieties and General Canonical Curves with Genus at most 8
The event generator MCDIMUON was originally developed to simulate opposite-sign dimuon events in the CHARM-II detector .
MC generators in CHORUS
Here it is clearly shown that two spins sitting on opposite sublattices will have AF interactions and those sitting on the same sublattice have F interactions.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
This conclusion can be generalized to higher dimensions as long as the original AF interactions couple only spins sitting on opposite sublattices.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
As we have shown earlier, the effective couplings generated by the RSRG is always AF between spins of opposite sublattices, and F between spins of the same sublattice.
Thermodynamics of strongly disordered spin ladders
We want to make it clear that Walliser obtained partial results of ref. and arrived at the opposite conclusion.
Hong et al. reply to Walliser
The charged collapsing core, surrounded by an oppositely charged remnant, approach the EMBH final stages in ∼ 30 seconds for a 10M⊙ progenitor star.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
Ma jorana fermion is the same fermion with the opposite spin pro jection.
Neutrino Oscillations. Theory and Experiment
Proof : Assume f (X ) ⊆ Y ⊆ X , we must show that f (X ) ⊆ f (Y ) (the opposite inclusion is guaranteed by Local Monotonicity).
Connectives in Quantum and other Cumulative Logics
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