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Wednesday, October 09, 2013

obverse

\OB-vurs\ , noun;
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.
4.
Logic. a proposition obtained from another by obversion.
adjective:
1.
facing the observer.
2.
corresponding to something else as a counterpart.
3.
having the base narrower than the top, as a leaf.
Quotes:
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:
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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