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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Opposite  \Op"po*site\,  a.  [F.,  fr  L.  oppositus  p.  p.  of 
  opponere  See  {Opponent}.] 
  1.  Placed  over  against;  standing  or  situated  over  against  or 
  in  front;  facing;  --  often  with  to  as  a  house  opposite 
  to  the  Exchange. 
  2.  Applied  to  the  other  of  two  things  which  are  entirely 
  different;  other  as  the  opposite  sex;  the  opposite 
  3.  Extremely  different;  inconsistent;  contrary;  repugnant; 
  Novels,  by  which  the  reader  is  misled  into  another 
  sort  of  pieasure  opposite  to  that  which  is  designed 
  in  an  epic  poem.  --Dryden. 
  Particles  of  speech  have  divers,  and  sometimes 
  almost  opposite,  significations.  --Locke. 
  4.  (Bot.) 
  a  Set  over  against  each  other  but  separated  by  the 
  whole  diameter  of  the  stem,  as  two  leaves  at  the  same 
  b  Placed  directly  in  front  of  another  part  or  organ,  as 
  a  stamen  which  stands  before  a  petal. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Opposite  \Op"po*site\,  n. 
  1.  One  who  opposes;  an  opponent;  an  antagonist.  [Obs.] 
  The  opposites  of  this  day's  strife.  --Shak. 
  2.  That  which  is  opposed  or  contrary;  as  sweetness  and  its 
  The  virtuous  man  meets  with  more  opposites  and 
  opponents  than  any  other  --Landor. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  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" 
  2:  (botany)  of  leaves  etc  growing  in  pairs  on  either  side  of  a 
  stem;  "opposite  leaves"  [syn:  {paired}]  [ant:  {alternate}] 
  3:  moving  or  facing  away  from  each  other  "looking  in  opposite 
  directions";  "they  went  in  opposite  directions" 
  4:  the  other  one  of  a  complementary  pair;  "the  opposite  sex"; 
  "the  two  chess  kings  are  set  up  on  squares  of  opposite 
  5:  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 
  6:  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"  [syn:  {diametric},  {diametrical}, 
  n  1:  two  words  that  express  opposing  concepts;  "to  him  the 
  opposite  of  gay  was  depressed"  [syn:  {antonym},  {opposite 
  2:  a  relation  of  direct  opposition;  "we  thought  Sue  was  older 
  than  Bill  but  just  the  reverse  was  true"  [syn:  {reverse}, 
  3:  a  contestant  that  you  are  matched  against  [syn:  {opposition}, 
  4:  something  inverted  in  sequence  or  character  or  effect;  "when 
  the  direct  approach  failed  he  tried  the  inverse"  [syn:  {inverse}] 
  adv  :  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"  [syn:  {face-to-face}] 

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