from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act or an instance of juxtaposing or the state of being juxtaposed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of juxtaposing, or the state of being juxtaposed; the act of placing or the state of being placed in nearness or contiguity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A placing or being placed in nearness or contiguity, or side by side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The nearness of objects with no delimiter.
  • noun The extra emphasis given to a comparison when the contrasted objects are close together.
  • verb To place in juxtaposition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the act of positioning close together (or side by side)
  • noun a side-by-side position


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French juxtaposition, from Latin iuxtā ("near") from Latin iungō ("to join") + French position ("position") from Latin pōnō ("to place").


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