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See: Coordinating Conjunction, Dislocation.


  • (WordNet, 2009) ⇒
    • S: (n) apposition (a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows) "`Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' is an example of apposition"
    • S: (n) apposition ((biology) growth in the thickness of a cell wall by the deposit of successive layers of material)
    • S: (n) juxtaposition, apposition, collocation (the act of positioning close together (or side by side)) "it is the result of the juxtaposition of contrasting colors"
      • 1. (grammar) a construction in which one noun or noun phrase is placed with another as an explanatory equivalent, both having the same syntactic function in the sentence.
      • 2. The relationship between such nouns or noun phrases.
      • 3. The quality of being side-by-side, apposed instead of being opposed, not being front-to-front but next to each other.
      • 4. A placing of two things side by side, or the fitting together of two things.
      • 5. In biology, the growth of successive layers of a cell wall.
    • Antonyms
      • opposition
  • (Wikipedia, 2009) ⇒
    • Apposition is a grammatical construction in which two elements, normally noun phrases, are placed side by side, with one element serving to define or modify the other. When this device is used, the two elements are said to be in apposition. For example in the phrase "my friend Alice" the name "Alice" is in apposition to "my friend".
    • More traditionally, appositions were called by their Latin name appositio, although the English form is now more commonly used. It is derived from Latin: ad (“near”) and positio (“placement”).
    • Apposition is a figure of speech of the scheme type, and often results when the verbs (particularly verbs of being) in supporting clauses are eliminated to produce shorter descriptive phrases. This makes them often function as hyperbatons, or figures of disorder, because they can disrupt the flow of a sentence. For example in the phrase: "My wife, a nurse by training,...," it is necessary to pause before the parenthetical modification "a nurse by training."
    • Apposition is also a medical term used for describing when two tissues are surgically put together.