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[stans] /stæns/
the position or bearing of the body while standing:
legs spread in a wide stance; the threatening stance of the bull.
a mental or emotional position adopted with respect to something:
They assumed an increasingly hostile stance in their foreign policy.
Sports. the relative position of the feet, as in addressing a golf ball or in making a stroke.
Origin of stance
1525-35; < Old French estance (standing) position < Vulgar Latin *stantia, derivative of Latin stant- (stem of stāns), present participle of stāre to stand Unabridged
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  • Her shoulders drooped a little; there was no grace to her stance.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • The stance is not accurate, but it is not bad enough to be fatal in itself.

  • There is nothing of my own discovery or invention in my stance for the drive.

  • Hugo changed his stance and took the door itself in his hands.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • The youngster's stance was perfect, but so was his buck fever.

    Double Challenge James Arthur Kjelgaard
British Dictionary definitions for stance


/stæns; stɑːns/
the manner and position in which a person or animal stands
(sport) the posture assumed when about to play the ball, as in golf, cricket, etc
general emotional or intellectual attitude: a leftist stance
(Scot) a place where buses or taxis wait
(mountaineering) a place at the top of a pitch where a climber can stand and belay
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian stanza place for standing, from Latin stāns, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stance

1530s, "standing place, station," probably from Middle French stance "resting place, harbor," from Italian stanza "stopping place, station," from Vulgar Latin *stantia "place, abode," from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "position of the feet" (in golf, etc.) is first recorded 1897; figurative sense of "point of view" is recorded from 1956.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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