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Definition of antipodal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the antipodes specifically : situated at the opposite side of the earth or moon an antipodal meridian an antipodal continent
2 : diametrically opposite an antipodal point on a sphere
3 : entirely opposed a system antipodal to democracy



Definition of antipodal (Entry 2 of 2)

: any of three haploid cells in most angiosperms that are grouped at the end of the embryo sac farthest from the micropyle

called also antipodal cell

Synonyms & Antonyms for antipodal

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of antipodal in a Sentence

Adjective love is antipodal to hate
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Check where the bear is and move straight to its antipodal point. Quanta Magazine, 25 Aug. 2021 Yet perhaps the only animal wholly protected by the treaty is the continent’s single native insect, a flightless midge that can survive partial freezing—an antipodal analogue of the Arctic’s woolly bear moth. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, 2 Mar. 2020 There would seem to be a lot of room for middle ground, between the antipodal prospects of a peacemaking summit or a catastrophic war. Evan Horowitz,, 24 May 2018 That's right, the Pacific is so vast that some parts of it are antipodal to itself! Ken Jennings, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Jan. 2017 After a long night of sleep in the underbelly of the earth, the armored sun rose and charged the horizon, pressing against the dark with long arms until night fell back, wounded and floundering, to earth’s antipodal edge. Dwight Garner, New York Times, 17 May 2016 In a kind of middle ground for me stood Prada and Dolce & Gabbana (antipodal houses if ever two existed). Vogue, 20 June 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In addition to flying high and fast, an antipodal bomber was maneuverable. David Axe, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 For The New Yorker, journalist Brooke Jarvis spends time in Tasmania, examining the debate about whether this uniquely antipodal carnivore is extinct or alive, eking out its existence while avoiding scientific efforts to document it. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, 28 June 2018 And there are no direct commercial flights between antipodal locations. Don Sweeney, sacbee, 7 Aug. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of antipodal


1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1880, in the meaning defined above

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“Antipodal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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