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.
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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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.

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