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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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for antipodal

Synonyms: Adjective

antipodean, antithetical, contradictory, contrary, diametric (or diametrical), opposite, polar

Antonyms: Adjective


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Examples of antipodal in a Sentence


love is antipodal to hate

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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,, "Trump canceled the North Korea summit. Here’s what it means," 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, "The Gulf of Tonkin's Big Secret," 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, "The Sport of Kings," 17 May 2016 In a kind of middle ground for me stood Prada and Dolce & Gabbana (antipodal houses if ever two existed). Vogue, "Grazie, Milano: Vogue’s Editors Discuss Milan’s Spring 2018 Menswear Shows," 20 June 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, "Here Be Tigers," 28 June 2018 And there are no direct commercial flights between antipodal locations. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Can you really dig a hole to China? This site has the answer.," 7 Aug. 2017

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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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