Definitions

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

  • A public disputation or examination: now used only as a name of Speech Hay in St. Paul's School, London.
  • 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.

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)

Etymologies

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)

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