from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Grammar A construction in which a noun or noun phrase is placed with another as an explanatory equivalent, both having the same syntactic relation to the other elements in the sentence; for example, Copley and the painter in The painter Copley was born in Boston.
- n. Grammar The relationship between such nouns or noun phrases.
- n. A placing side by side or next to each other.
- n. Biology The growth of successive layers of a cell wall.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. The relationship between such nouns or noun phrases.
- n. The quality of being side-by-side, apposed instead of being opposed, not being front-to-front but next to each other.
- n. A placing of two things side by side, or the fitting together of two things.
- n. In biology, the growth of successive layers of a cell wall.
- n. Appositio
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of adding; application; accretion.
- n. The putting of things in juxtaposition, or side by side; also, the condition of being so placed.
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of adding to or together; a setting to; application; a placing together; juxtaposition.
- n. In grammar: The relation to a noun (or pronoun) of another noun, or in some cases of an adjective or a clause, that is added to it by way of explanation or characterization.
- n. The relation of two or more nouns (or a noun and pronoun) in the same construction, under the above conditions.
- n. . In rhetoric, the addition of a parallel word or phrase by way of explanation or illustration of another.
- A public disputation or examination: now used only as a name of Speech Hay in St. Paul's School, London.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows
- n. (biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposit of successive layers of material
- n. the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
Middle English apposicioun, from Latin appositiō, appositiōn-, from appositus, past participle of appōnere, to put near; see apposite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)