noun \ˌa-pə-ˈzi-shən\

grammar : an arrangement of words in which a noun or noun phrase is followed by another noun or noun phrase that refers to the same thing

Full Definition of APPOSITION

a :  a grammatical construction in which two usually adjacent nouns having the same referent stand in the same syntactical relation to the rest of a sentence (as the poet and Burns in a biography of the poet Burns)
b :  the relation of one of such a pair of nouns or noun equivalents to the other
a :  an act or instance of apposing; specifically :  the deposition of successive layers upon those already present (as in cell walls)
b :  the state of being apposed
ap·po·si·tion·al \-ˈzish-nəl, -ˈzi-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of APPOSITION

  1. In my friend the doctor, the word doctor is in apposition to my friend.

First Known Use of APPOSITION

15th century


noun \ˌap-ə-ˈzish-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of APPOSITION

: the placing of things in juxtaposition or proximity; specifically : deposition of successive layers upon those already present (as in cell walls)—compare accretion, intussusception 2
: the state of being in juxtaposition or proximity (as in the drawing together of cut edges of tissue in healing)
ap·pose \a-ˈpōz\ transitive verb, ap·posed ap·pos·ing
ap·po·si·tion·al \ˌap-ə-ˈzish-nəl, -ən-əl\ adjective


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