- an adjustment to a line; arrangement in a straight line.
- the line or lines so formed.
- the proper adjustment of the components of an electronic circuit, machine, etc., for coordinated functioning: The front wheels of the car are out of alignment.
- a state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc., with a common cause or viewpoint.
- a ground plan of a railroad or highway.
- Archaeology. a line or an arrangement of parallel or converging lines of upright stones or menhirs.
Origin of alignment
Examples from the Web for alignment
Curbs at nearly the exact same spot on opposite sides of the street are popped out of alignment.Silicon Valley Mansions, Swallowed Alive
November 8, 2014
At least father and son were in alignment on this central thesis: acting “gay”—bad; being thought of as gay—bad.Why ‘Black-ish’ Has a Gay Problem
October 3, 2014
Other theories hold that it was a supernova or an alignment of two or three planets.Vatican Science on Christmas and Creationism
December 22, 2013
Psychics and astrologers were employed to attack the enemy and plan tactics based on the alignment of the stars.Hitler’s Hunt for the Holy Grail and the Ghent Altarpiece
December 21, 2013
“His alignment with NOM was really part of a downhill spiral for him,” he said.The Man Behind NOM’s New War on Transgender Students
October 3, 2013
As long as this alignment of forces could not be effected the retreat had to continue.
There was no alignment—regiments were dashed to pieces—everybody was mixed up.The Long Roll
The riflemen had learned their lesson, however, and maintained their alignment.A Virginia Scout
To preserve the alignment when marching; Guide Right (or left).
But this alignment was not the circumstance that struck me as singular.The Wild Huntress
- arrangement in a straight line
- the line or lines formed in this manner
- alliance or union with a party, cause, etc
- proper or desirable coordination or relation of components
- a ground plan of a railway, motor road, etc
- archaeol an arrangement of one or more ancient rows of standing stones, of uncertain significance
- psychol integration or harmonization of aims, practices, etc within a group
- psychol identification with or matching of the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
Word Origin and History for alignment
1790, "arrangement in a line," from French alignement, from aligner (see align). Political sense is from 1933.