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- adj. Of levers, in which the power and weight move in opposite directions
- adj. Spiralling in opposite directions on a stem or branch
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having spirals of changing direction.
- adj. Moving in opposite directions; -- said of a lever, pulley, etc., in which the resistance and the actuating force are on opposite sides of the fulcrum or axis.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Running or lying in different directions, as leaves on the stem and branches.
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