from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or situated on the opposite side or sides of the earth: Australia and Great Britain occupy antipodal regions.
  • adj. Diametrically opposed; exactly opposite.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. On opposite sides of the globe
  • adj. diametrically opposite
  • n. One of the cells at the chalazal pole of an embryo sac.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • n. the relation of opposition along a diameter
  • adj. 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