- the act of placing together or bringing into proximity; juxtaposition.
- the addition or application of one thing to another thing.
- Grammar. a syntactic relation between expressions, usually consecutive, that have the same function and the same relation to other elements in the sentence, the second expression identifying or supplementing the first. In Washington, our first president, the phrase our first president is in apposition with Washington.
- Biology. growth of a cell wall by the deposition of new particles in layers on the wall.Compare intussusception(def 2).
Origin of apposition
Examples from the Web for apposition
With apposition: þhte him eall t rm, wongas and wcstede, 2462; acc.Beowulf
I believe that I did not understand what he meant by apposition.More Letters of Charles Darwin
One word is in apposition to another when it is placed near to it, by way of explanation.Orthography
Elmer W. Cavins
Now the words Roman emperor are said to be in apposition to Csar.
If we say the two kings William, we must account for the phrase by apposition.
- a putting into juxtaposition
- a grammatical construction in which a word, esp a noun phrase, is placed after another to modify its meaning
- biology growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposition of successive layers of materialCompare intussusception (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for apposition
"application" (of one thing to another), mid-15c., originally in grammatical sense, from Latin appositionem (nominative appositio), noun of action from past participle stem of apponere "to put to" (see apposite). General sense is from 1540s.
- The putting in contact of two parts or substances.
- The condition of being placed or fitted together.
- The growth of successive layers of a cell wall.