- situated, placed, or lying face to face with something else or each other, or in corresponding positions with relation to an intervening line, space, or thing: opposite ends of a room.
- contrary or radically different in some respect common to both, as in nature, qualities, direction, result, or significance; opposed: opposite sides in a controversy; opposite directions.
- being the other of two related or corresponding things: friendly with many members of the opposite sex.
- situated on diametrically opposed sides of an axis, as leaves when there are two on one node.
- having one organ vertically above another; superimposed.
- adverse or inimical.
- a person or thing that is opposite or contrary.
- an antonym.
- Archaic. an opponent; antagonist.
- across from; facing: The guest of honor sat opposite me at the banquet.
- in a role parallel or complementary to: He has played opposite many leading ladies.
- on opposite sides.
- on the opposite side: I was at one end and she sat opposite.
- to the opposite side; in the opposite direction: I went to the left balcony, and he went opposite.
Origin of opposite
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Related Wordsadversely, critically, separately, individually, variously, negatively, alternative, uncertainty, substitute, about-face, again, contrary, reversed, backwards, contra, contrarily, contrariwise, conversely, inversely, oppositely
Examples from the Web for oppositely
If the streams are oppositely directed the wires repel each other.
This is: Action and reaction are equal, or the mutual actions of any two bodies are always equal and oppositely directed.Astronomy
Our stream from the battery causes this oppositely directed stream.
He found that the inner and outer armatures of his Leyden jars were oppositely electrified.Heroes of Science: Physicists
This action went on until the two conductors were strongly and oppositely charged.The Study of Elementary Electricity and Magnetism by Experiment
Thomas M. St. John
- situated or being on the other side or at each side of something betweentheir houses were at opposite ends of the street
- facing or going in contrary directionsopposite ways
- diametrically different in character, tendency, belief, etcopposite views
- (of leaves, flowers, etc) arranged in pairs on either side of the stem
- (of parts of a flower) arranged opposite the middle of another part
- (of two vertices or sides in an even-sided polygon) separated by the same number of vertices or sides in both a clockwise and anticlockwise direction
- (of a side in a triangle) facing a specified angleAbbreviation: opp
- a person or thing that is opposite; antithesis
- maths the side facing a specified angle in a right-angled triangle
- a rare word for opponent
- Also: opposite to facing; corresponding to (something on the other side of a division)the house opposite ours
- as a co-star withshe played opposite Olivier in ``Hamlet''
- on opposite sidesshe lives opposite
Word Origin and History for oppositely
late 14c., "placed on the other side of (something)," from Old French oposite "opposite, contrary" (13c.), from Latin oppositus "standing against, opposed, opposite," past participle of opponere "set against" (see opponent). Meaning "contrary in nature or character" is from 1570s. As a noun from late 14c. As a preposition from 1758. As an adverb from 1817. Related: Oppositely.
- Arranged as one of a pair on either side of a stem or twig. Maple and ash trees have opposite leaves. Compare alternate.