What does obverse mean?

Definitions for obverse
ˈɒb vɜrs; ɒbˈvɜrs, ˈɒb vɜrsob·verse

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obversenoun

    the more conspicuous of two alternatives or cases or sides

    "the obverse of this issue"

  2. obversenoun

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


  1. obversenoun

    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.

    Etymology: From Latin.

  2. obversenoun

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

    Etymology: From Latin.

  3. obverseadjective

    Turned or facing toward the observer.

    The obverse side of the gravestone has the inscription.

    Etymology: From Latin.

  4. obverseadjective

    Corresponding; complementary.

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

    Etymology: From Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obverseadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. obversus, p. p. of obvertere. See Obvert.]

  2. Obverseadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. obversus, p. p. of obvertere. See Obvert.]

  3. Obverseadjective

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

    Etymology: [L. obversus, p. p. of obvertere. See Obvert.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obverse

    ob-vėrs′, adj. turned towards one: bearing the head, as one face of a coin—opp. to Reverse: a second or complemental aspect of the same fact, a correlative proposition identically, implying another: (bot.) having the base narrower than the top.—n. Ob′verse, the side of a coin containing the head, or principal symbol.—adv. Obverse′ly.—n. Obver′sion, the act of turning toward the front of anything: in logic, a species of immediate inference—viz. the predicating of the original subject, the contradictory of the original predicate, and changing the quality of the proposition—e.g. to infer from all A is B that no A is not B—also called Permutation and Equipollence.—v.t. Obvert′, to turn towards the front. [L. obversusob, towards, vertĕre, to turn.]

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  1. verbose

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obverse in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obverse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. naiant
    • B. askant
    • C. commensal
    • D. motile

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