Definitions for obverseˈɒb vɜrs; ɒbˈvɜrs, ˈɒb vɜrs

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•verseˈɒb vɜrs; ɒbˈvɜrs, ˈɒb vɜrs(n.; adj.)

  1. the side of a coin, medal, flag, etc., that bears the principal design

    Category: Numismatics

    Ref: (opposed to reverse ).

  2. the front or principal surface of anything.

  3. a counterpart.

  4. a proposition obtained from another by obversion.

    Category: Philosphy

  5. (adj.)facing the observer.

  6. corresponding to something else as a counterpart.

  7. having the base narrower than the top, as a leaf.

Origin of obverse:

1650–60; < L obversus turned toward or against, ptp. of obvertere=ob-ob-+vertere to turn

Princeton's WordNet

  1. obverse(noun)

    the more conspicuous of two alternatives or cases or sides

    "the obverse of this issue"

  2. obverse(noun)

    the side of a coin or medal bearing the principal stamp or design


  1. obverse(Noun)

    The heads side of a coin, or the side of a medal or badge that has the principal design.

    The medal had a cross on the obverse and had a name inscribed on the reverse.

  2. obverse(Noun)

    The double negative of a statement e.g. All men are mortal => No men are immortal

  3. obverse(Adjective)

    Turned or facing toward the observer.

    The obverse side of the gravestone has the inscription.

  4. obverse(Adjective)

    Corresponding; complementary.

    When you speak clearly, people understand you. If you mumble, the obverse effect is observed.

  5. Origin: From Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obverse(adj)

    having the base, or end next the attachment, narrower than the top, as a leaf

  2. Obverse(adj)

    the face of a coin which has the principal image or inscription upon it; -- the other side being the reverse

  3. Obverse(adj)

    anything necessarily involved in, or answering to, another; the more apparent or conspicuous of two possible sides, or of two corresponding things

Anagrams of obverse

  1. verbose

  2. observe


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