- an apposing or being apposed; putting side by side
- the position resulting from this
- the placing of a word or expression beside another so that the second explains and has the same grammatical construction as the first
- the relationship between such terms : “my cousin” is in apposition to “Mary” in “Mary, my cousin, is here”
Origin of appositionClassical Latin appositio, a setting before ; from appositus: see appose
- Grammar a. A construction in which a noun or noun phrase is placed with another as an explanatory equivalent, both having the same syntactic relation to the other elements in the sentence; for example, Copley and the painter in The painter Copley was born in Boston.b. The relationship between such nouns or noun phrases.
- A placing side by side or next to each other.
- Biology The growth of successive layers of a cell wall.
Origin of appositionMiddle English apposicioun, from Latin appositi&omacron;, appositi&omacron;n-, from appositus, past participle of app&omacron;nere, to put near; see apposite.
- (grammar) A construction in which one noun or noun phrase is placed with another as an explanatory equivalent, either having the same syntactic function in the sentence.
- The relationship between such nouns or noun phrases.
- The quality of being side-by-side, apposed instead of being opposed, not being front-to-front but next to each other.
- A placing of two things side by side, or the fitting together of two things.
- In biology, the growth of successive layers of a cell wall.
- (rhetoric) Appositio