Definitions of apposition

  1. a grammatical relation between a word and a noun phrase that follows; "`Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer' is an example of apposition" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. The putting of things in juxtaposition, or side by side; also, the condition of being so placed. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. The state of two nouns or pronouns, put in the same case, without a connecting word between them; as, I admire Cicero, the orator. Here, the second noun explains or characterizes the first. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The act of placing side by side; the setting of a word or phrase beside another without a connective, by way of explanation. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. The act of adding: state of being placed together or against: (gram.) the annexing of one noun to another, in the same case or relation, in order to explain or limit the first. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. The act of placing together or against; state of being so placed; the placing two nouns referring to the same subject, in the same case. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. The relation between nouns in the same subject or predicate and in the same case. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  8. A placing or being in immediate connection; application. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. The act of adding to; addition; the placing of a noun in the same case with another which it attributively explains and defines. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. The act of adding to; in gram., two nouns following each other in the same case, the latter explanatory of the former, or modifying it in some way. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. The formation of successive layers in the growth of a cell wall; intussusception. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.

Usage examples for apposition

  1. If, however, apposition is not perfect, some of the new bone is permanently required and some of the old bone is absorbed in order to meet the altered physiological strain upon the bone resulting from the alteration in its architectural form. – Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition. by Alexander Miles Alexis Thomson