alignment

[ uh-lahyn-muh nt ]
/ əˈlaɪn mənt /

noun

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.

Nearby words

  1. aligarh,
  2. alight,
  3. alighting gear,
  4. align,
  5. aligning punch,
  6. alignment chart,
  7. alignment curve,
  8. aligoté,
  9. alike,
  10. aliment

Also a·line·ment.

Origin of alignment

1780–90; align + -ment; replacing earlier alignement < French

Related formsnon·a·line·ment, nounre·a·lign·ment, nounself-a·lign·ment, nounself-a·line·ment, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for alignment

alignment

/ (əˈlaɪnmənt) /

noun

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Word Origin and History for alignment

alignment

n.

1790, "arrangement in a line," from French alignement, from aligner (see align). Political sense is from 1933.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper