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Definitions for apposition
ˌæp əˈzɪʃ ənap·po·si·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appositionnoun

    a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows

    "`Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' is an example of apposition"

  2. appositionnoun

    (biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposit of successive layers of material

  3. juxtaposition, apposition, collocationnoun

    the act of positioning close together (or side by side)

    "it is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors"


  1. appositionnoun

    A construction in which one noun or noun phrase is placed with another as an explanatory equivalent, either having the same syntactic function in the sentence.

  2. appositionnoun

    The relationship between such nouns or noun phrases.

  3. appositionnoun

    The quality of being side-by-side, apposed instead of being opposed, not being front-to-front but next to each other.

  4. appositionnoun

    A placing of two things side by side, or the fitting together of two things.

  5. appositionnoun

    In biology, the growth of successive layers of a cell wall.

  6. appositionnoun


  7. Etymology: * From appositio > appositum, past participle of apponere.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Appositionnoun

    Etymology: appositio, Lat.

    Urine inspected with a microscope, will discover a black sand; wherever this sand sticks, it grows still bigger, by the apposition of new matter. John Arbuthnot, on Diet.


  1. Apposition

    Apposition is a grammatical construction in which two elements, normally noun phrases, are placed side by side so one element identifies the other in a different way. The two elements are said to be in apposition, and one of the elements is called the appositive, but its identification requires consideration of how the elements are used in a sentence.


  1. apposition

    Apposition is a grammatical construction in which two elements, usually noun phrases, are placed side by side, with one element serving to identify or explain the other in a different way. These elements are known as appositives. This adds extra information and detail to the sentence without changing its overall meaning. For instance, in the sentence "My brother, the lawyer, is visiting," "the lawyer" is an appositive for "my brother."

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appositionnoun

    the act of adding; application; accretion

  2. Appositionnoun

    the putting of things in juxtaposition, or side by side; also, the condition of being so placed

  3. Appositionnoun

    the state of two nouns or pronouns, put in the same case, without a connecting word between them; as, I admire Cicero, the orator. Here, the second noun explains or characterizes the first

  4. Etymology: [L. appositio, fr. apponere: cf. F. apposition. See Apposite.]


  1. Apposition

    Apposition is a grammatical construction in which two elements, normally noun phrases, are placed side by side, with one element serving to define or modify the other. When this device is used, the two elements are said to be in apposition. For example, in the phrase "my friend Alice", the name "Alice" is in apposition to "my friend". Traditionally, appositions were called by their Latin name appositio, although the English form is now more commonly used. It is derived from Latin: ad and positio. Apposition is a figure of speech of the scheme type, and often results when the verbs in supporting clauses are eliminated to produce shorter descriptive phrases. This makes them often function as hyperbatons, or figures of disorder, because they can disrupt the flow of a sentence. For example, in the phrase: "My wife, a nurse by training, ...", it is necessary to pause before the parenthetical modification "a nurse by training".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Apposition

    ap-poz-ish′un, n. the act of adding: state of being placed together or against: juxtaposition: (gram.) the annexing of one noun to another, in the same case or relation, in order to explain or limit the first: also used of a public disputation by scholars, and still the word in use for the 'Speech Day' at St Paul's School, London.—adjs. Apposi′tional; Appos′itive, placed in apposition. [See Apposite.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of apposition in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of apposition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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