Definitions

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  • adj. set back to back

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Set or turned back to back.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See adorsed.

Etymologies

From Latin ad + dorsum, "back": compare French adossé. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Pairs of seated animals, _addorsed regardant_ and geese

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • -- Piece of stuff woven or brocaded with red silk and gold thread, with an ogival framing enclosing alternately, pairs of parrots, _addorsed regardant_, and a well-known Persian (or Sassanian) leaf-shaped fruit device.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • A Seal of Prince JOHN OF GHENT, which has two falcons and padlocks, is one of the most beautiful and suggestive works of its class: in this Seal the two birds are addorsed, and consequently they also have their backs turned towards the central achievement.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • Valence_ appears dimidiating the French Coat of _Claremont Nesle_ -- _gu., semée of trefoils, two barbels haurient addorsed or_: the Dimidiation here cuts off and removes one-half of the De Valence martlets and also one of the two barbels of Claremont.

    The Handbook to English Heraldry

  • But when they were come within half a bow-shot, and Osberne could see the banner that it bore two silver Fish addorsed on a blue ground, a herald pricked forth from the castle-folk, and when he drew nigh to Sir Godrick and his he said: "If I knew which were the captain of the riders I would give him the greeting of my lord, Sir Raynold

    The Sundering Flood

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  • Set back-to-back, especially as in heraldry. The opposite, as when figures face each other, is called "confronting". (From ArtLex)

    June 4, 2008