Wednesday, October 09, 2013
obverse noun [OB-vurs] the side of a coin, medal, flag, etc., that bears the principal design (opposed to reverse).
Definitions for obverse
- the side of a coin, medal, flag, etc., that bears the principal design (opposed to reverse).
- the front or principal surface of anything.
- a counterpart.
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Citations for obverse
This Lion is distinctly a beautiful coin, admirably made, with its value in fine, clear letters circling the obverse side, and a head thereon -- of Newton, as I live!
I see the two of us, a blue shape, a red shape, in the brief glass eye of the mirror as we descend. Myself, my obverse.
Origin of obverse
Obverse comes from the Latin ob +vertere literally meaning "to turn toward." It was first used in English in the mid-1600s.