- situated on diametrically opposed sides of an axis, as leaves when there are two on one node.
- having one organ vertically above another; superimposed.
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Related Words for oppositelyadversely, critically, separately, individually, variously, negatively, alternative, uncertainty, substitute, about-face, again, contrary, reversed, backwards, contra, contrarily, contrariwise, conversely, inversely, conflictingly
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Historical Examples of 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
- (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
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.