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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.
References in classic literature ?
Opposites in the sense of 'privatives' and 'positives' are' blindness' and 'sight'; in the sense of affirmatives and negatives, the propositions 'he sits', 'he does not sit'.
Her first cautious resolution to pass many days together in unsuspected observation of the house opposite before she ventured herself inside was entirely frustrated by the turn events had taken.
Such, however, was the crowd and confusion, that, during the earlier part of the conflict, their efforts to meet were unavailing, and they were repeatedly separated by the eagerness of their followers, each of whom was anxious to win honour, by measuring his strength against the leader of the opposite party.
They are the opposite of each other," said Father Brown, with a queer kind of smile.
Do you know who lived in our opposite neighbor's house?
They had just time to ascertain that a buffalo army was entering the river on the opposite side, and making toward the landing place.
Nicholas sat himself down, directly opposite to the party, and, summoning the waiter, paid his bill.
Crayford while they were engaged in one of the figures of the dance which brought them within hearing of the opposite couple.
The opposite mountain is a bare perpendicular rock.
Opposite him, engaged in stirring the fire with the toe of his right boot, was a coarse, vulgar young man of about thirty, with a sallow face and harsh voice; evidently possessed of that knowledge of the world, and captivating freedom of manner, which is to be acquired in public-house parlours, and at low billiard tables.
Dolokhov, Denisov, and Rostov were now sitting opposite Pierre and seemed very gay.
He wheeled round to the other side of the room and stood opposite to her, with the tips of his fingers in his pockets and his head thrown back, looking fiercely not at Rosamond but at a point a few inches away from her.