the quality of being side-by-side


* From Latin appositio > appositum, past participle of apponere (“‘to put near’”).

apposition (plural appositions)
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.

For example, in the phrase “my friend Alice” the name “Alice” is in apposition to “my friend”.

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.”


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