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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 ?
Thus it is in the case of those opposites only, which are opposite in the sense in which the term is used with reference to affirmation and negation, that the rule holds good, that one of the pair must be true and the other false.
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.
the Temple For the Temple!'' The opposite party shouted in answer ``Desdichado!
He did not lift his eyes from his plate, round which red pepper, lemons, brown bread and butter, etc., were rigidly ranked, until a tall shadow fell across the table, and his friend Flambeau sat down opposite. Flambeau was gloomy.
"Do you know who lived in our opposite neighbor's house?" said the shadow.
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.