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See also: Apposition
In the phrase "my friend Alice" the name "Alice" is in apposition to "my friend".
- (grammar) A construction in which one noun or noun phrase is placed with another as an explanatory equivalent, both of them having the same syntactic function in the sentence.
- 2014, James Lambert, “A Much Tortured Expression: A New Look At `Hobson-Jobson'”, in International Journal of Lexicography, volume 27, number 1, page 65:
- The apposition in the title has been read as indicating that ‘Hobson-Jobson’ is equivalent to ‘colloquial Anglo-Indian words and phrases’.
- 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
- A public disputation by scholars.
- (Britain) A (now purely ceremonial) speech day at St Paul's School, London.
- (grammar): parathesis
quality of being side by side
placing of two things side by side
biology: growth of successive layers of cell wall
rhetoric: appositio — see appositio
- Genitive singular form of appositio.
apposition f (plural appositions)