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

  • adjective Of, relating to, or situated on the opposite side or sides of the earth.
  • adjective Diametrically opposed; exactly opposite.
  • noun One of usually three cells situated at the opposite end from the egg in the mature embryo sac of a flowering plant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining or relating to the antipodes; situated on or belonging to opposite sides of the globe.
  • Hence At the opposite end or extreme; diametrically opposite.
  • Also antipodic, antipodical.

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

  • adjective Pertaining to the antipodes; situated on the opposite side of the globe.
  • adjective Diametrically opposite.

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

  • adjective On opposite sides of the globe
  • adjective diametrically opposite
  • noun biology One of the cells at the chalazal pole of an embryo sac.

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

  • noun the relation of opposition along a diameter
  • adjective relating to the antipodes or situated at opposite sides of the earth


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  • The point exactly opposite from a given point on an object's surface. If you want to circumnavigate the globe, you could walk in a little circle around either pole. But few will take you seriously unless you traverse through two antipodal points, to ensure that you've traveled the earth's full circumference.

    October 15, 2007