From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

opposite \op"po*site\ ([o^]p"p[-o]*z[i^]t or
   [o^]p"p[-o]*s[i^]t), a. [F., fr. L. oppositus, p. p. of
   opponere. See Opponent.]
   1. Placed over against; standing or situated over against or
      in front; facing; -- often with to; as, a house opposite
      to the Exchange; the concert hall and the state theater
      stood opposite each other on the plaza.
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   2. Situated on the other end of an imaginary line passing
      through or near the middle of an intervening space or
      object; -- of one object with respect to another; as, the
      office is on the opposite side of town; -- also used both
      to describe two objects with respect to each other; as,
      the stores were on opposite ends of the mall.

   3. Applied to the other of two things which are entirely
      different; other; as, the opposite sex; the opposite
      extreme; antonyms have opposite meanings.
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   4. Extremely different; inconsistent; contrary; repugnant;
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            Novels, by which the reader is misled into another
            sort of pleasure opposite to that which is designed
            in an epic poem.                      --Dryden.
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            Particles of speech have divers, and sometimes
            almost opposite, significations.      --Locke.
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   5. (Bot.)
      (a) Set over against each other, but separated by the
          whole diameter of the stem, as two leaves at the same
      (b) Placed directly in front of another part or organ, as
          a stamen which stands before a petal.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Opposite \Op"po*site\, n.
   1. One who opposes; an opponent; an antagonist. [Obs.]
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            The opposites of this day's strife.   --Shak.
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   2. That which is opposed or contrary in character or meaning;
      as, sweetness and its opposite; up is the opposite of
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            The virtuous man meets with more opposites and
            opponents than any other.             --Landor.
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   polar opposite that which is conspicuously different in
      most important respects.
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