- the arrangement of tones in a chord, especially with regard to the location of the root tone in a triad or to the distance of the tones from each other.Compare close position, inversion(def 8a), open position, root position.
- any of the places on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument where the fingers stop the strings to produce the variouspitches.
- any of the places to which the slide of a trombone is shifted to produce changes in pitch.
verb (used with object)
Words nearby position
Origin of position
SYNONYMS FOR position
OTHER WORDS FROM positionpo·si·tion·al, adjectivepo·si·tion·less, adjectivemis·po·si·tion, verb (used with object)well-po·si·tioned, adjective
Examples from the Web for position
You have to acknowledge your age and position in life, for me quite a lot of those emotionally fueled songs were hormone songs.
In a 2009 interview, Church apostle Dallin H. Oaks held that the Church “does not have a position” on that point.Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism|Samantha Allen|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In his months in this position, he had not found a single example such as this.ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism|Louise I. Shelley|December 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Essentially, we are being left in a position where we are expected to just take agency promises at face value.
This is, more or less, the position of political conservatives, who have come down firmly on the side of the fracking industry.
The position of collector of pleasures from every possible source?De Officiis|Marcus Tullius Cicero
Frontenac defines his position and raises a note of alarm in his very first despatch to the minister for the colonies.Count Frontenac|William Dawson LeSueur
The position of those who remained was regulated in a series of decrees, adverse to the system, but favourable to the inmate.Lectures on the French Revolution|John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
The position was an awkward one, and Winthrope weighed thirty or forty pounds more than Miss Leslie.Into the Primitive|Robert Ames Bennet
The influence of his deep acquaintance with French is shown in the position of the adverb in "I saw again somebody in the porch."Books and Persons|Arnold Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for position
- the vertical spacing or layout of the written notes in a chord. Chords arranged with the three upper voices close together are in close position . Chords whose notes are evenly or widely distributed are in open positionSee also root position
- one of the points on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument, determining where a string is to be stopped
- the situation in which a short vowel may be regarded as long, that is, when it occurs before two or more consonants
- make position (of a consonant, either on its own or in combination with other consonants, such as x in Latin) to cause a short vowel to become metrically long when placed after it