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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Definitions for obverse

  1. the side of a coin, medal, flag, etc., that bears the principal design (opposed to reverse).
  2. the front or principal surface of anything.
  3. 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! H. G. Wells, A Modern Utopia, 1905
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. Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale, 1985
Origin of obverse
1650-1660
Obverse comes from the Latin ob +vertere literally meaning "to turn toward." It was first used in English in the mid-1600s.
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