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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Definitions for obverse

  1. the side of a coin, medal, flag, etc., that bears the principal design (opposed to reverse).
  2. the front or principal surface of anything.
  3. a counterpart.

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Citations for obverse
This Lion is distinctly a beautiful coin, admirably made, with its value in fine, clear letters circling the obverse side, and a head thereon -- of Newton, as I live! H. G. Wells, A Modern Utopia, 1905
I see the two of us, a blue shape, a red shape, in the brief glass eye of the mirror as we descend. Myself, my obverse. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, 1985
Origin of obverse
Obverse comes from the Latin ob +vertere literally meaning "to turn toward." It was first used in English in the mid-1600s.
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