- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for alinement
Was there reasonable mathematical certainty in that alinement, within the limits of your observations of their pictures?Warren Commission (5 of 26): Hearings Vol. V (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
- a rare spelling of align
- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for alinement
1790, "arrangement in a line," from French alignement, from aligner (see align). Political sense is from 1933.
fem. proper name, French, short for Adeline.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper