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opposite

1. Botany
a. (of leaves, flowers, etc.) arranged in pairs on either side of the stem
b. (of parts of a flower) arranged opposite the middle of another part
2. Maths
a. (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
b. (of a side in a triangle) facing a specified angle
3. Maths the side facing a specified angle in a right-angled triangle

Opposite

 

one of the two “conflicting” aspects of a concrete unity that constitute the two sides of a contradiction. Opposites are classified as external or internal. External opposites appear as the poles of a contradiction that presuppose and simultaneously exclude one another and yet exist relatively independently, for example, the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. Internal opposites negate each other but nonetheless exist with mutual penetration, for instance, the social nature of production and the private capitalist mode of appropriation.

opposite

[′äp·ə·zət]
(botany)
Located side by side.
Of leaves, being in pairs on an axis with each member separated from the other of the pair by half the circumference of the axis.
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Another convulsive kick in the ribs, and old Gunpowder sprang upon the bridge; he thundered over the resounding planks; he gained the opposite side; and now Ichabod cast a look behind to see if his pursuer should vanish, according to rule, in a flash of fire and brimstone.
The street door opposite opened for the first time, and a woman appeared on the threshold.
A knight unhorsed might renew the fight on foot with any other on the opposite side in the same predicament; but mounted horsemen were in that case forbidden to assail him.
A second later the canoe shot out upon the bosom of the river and headed toward the opposite shore and the camp of the Swede.
Franz had remained for nearly a quarter of an hour perfectly hidden by the shadow of the vast column at whose base he had found a resting-place, and from whence his eyes followed the motions of Albert and his guides, who, holding torches in their hands, had emerged from a vomitarium at the opposite extremity of the Colosseum, and then again disappeared down the steps conducting to the seats reserved for the Vestal virgins, resembling, as they glided along, some restless shades following the flickering glare of so many ignes-fatui.
iv) Statements opposed as affirmation and negation belong manifestly to a class which is distinct, for in this case, and in this case only, it is necessary for the one opposite to be true and the other false.
They had scarcely arrived, when the Blackfeet warriors made their appearance on the opposite bank, displaying two American flags in token of amity.
Arthur's words had precisely the opposite effect to that he had anticipated.
An island for some time intervened between them and the opposite side of the river; but on clearing the upper end, they came in full view of the hostile shore.
Then both betook themselves briskly to one of the little tables under the chestnuts opposite, where they procured two tall glasses of horrible green absinthe, which they could drink apparently in any weather and at any time.
It was several seconds before the sounds upon the opposite side of the partition jolted my slowly returning faculties into a realization of their probable import, and then of a sudden I grasped the fact that they were caused by Tars Tarkas in what was evidently a desperate struggle with wild beasts or savage men.
Much in the same manner ought that oligarchy to be established which is next in order: but as to that which is most opposite to a pure democracy, and approaches nearest to a dynasty and a tyranny, as it is of all others the worst, so it requires the greatest care and caution to preserve it: for as bodies of sound and healthy constitutions and ships which are well manned and well found for sailing can bear many injuries without perishing, while a diseased body or a leaky ship with an indifferent crew cannot support the [1321a] least shock; so the worst-established governments want most looking after.