condition with reference to place; location; situation.
a place occupied or to be occupied; site: a fortified position.
the proper, appropriate, or usual place: out of position.
situation or condition, especially with relation to favorable or unfavorable circumstances: to be in an awkward position; to bargain from a position of strength.
status or standing: He has a position to maintain in the community.
high standing, as in society; important status: a person of wealth and position.
a post of employment: a position in a bank.
manner of being placed, disposed, or arranged: the relative position of the hands of a clock.
bodily posture or attitude: to be in a sitting position.
mental attitude; stand: one's position on a controversial topic.
the act of positing.
something that is posited.
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.
Finance. a commitment to buy or sell securities: He took a large position in defense stocks.
Classical Prosody. the situation of a short vowel before two or more consonants or their equivalent, making the syllable metrically long.
to put in a particular or appropriate position; place.
to determine the position of; locate.
9. Position, posture, attitude, pose refer to an arrangement or disposal of the body or its parts. Position is the general word for the arrangement of the body: in a reclining position. Posture is usually an assumed arrangement of the body, especially when standing: a relaxed posture. Attitude is often a posture assumed for imitative effect or the like, but may be one adopted for a purpose (as that of a fencer or a tightrope walker): an attitude of prayer. A pose is an attitude assumed, in most cases, for artistic effect: an attractive pose.
- po·si·tion·al, adjective
- po·si·tion·less, adjective
- mis·po·si·tion, verb (used with object)
- well-po·si·tioned, adjective
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How to use position in a sentence
The scanner is light and super easy to use, and you can even put it away in a vertical position to make room for drawing when you’re done.Must-have art supplies to let your inner creative shine | Sandra Gutierrez G. | February 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
Ironically, it is elderly men in senior positions who often have a reputation for talking endlessly during meetings and resenting any challenge to their authority, especially from women, experts say.Japan Olympics chief who said women talk too much will resign over remarks, reports say | Simon Denyer, Julia Mio Inuma | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
If I were actually applying for a position, the system would compare my scores with those of employees already working in that job.Auditors are testing hiring algorithms for bias, but there’s no easy fix | Amy Nordrum | February 11, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
We are disgusted and outraged that someone in a position of power and trust would use it for these means.Lincoln Project’s avowed ignorance of Weaver texts undercut by leaked communications | Chris Johnson | February 9, 2021 | Washington Blade
It’s more that he’s in a better position to do the things that make him such a great player.Joel Embiid Changed His Offseason Conditioning. Now He’s Playing Like An MVP. | Yaron Weitzman | February 9, 2021 | FiveThirtyEight
Satirists occupy a perilous position—to skewer dogma and cant, and to antagonize the establishment while needing its protection.
You have to acknowledge your age and position in life, for me quite a lot of those emotionally fueled songs were hormone songs.
If the ball goes off the screen, it teleports back to the starting position.Lost For Thousands of Strokes: 'Desert Golfing' Is 'Angry Birds' as Modern Art | Alec Kubas-Meyer | January 2, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
And by the time an airplane was in the water, its exact position would be known.Red Tape and Black Boxes: Why We Keep ‘Losing’ Airliners in 2014 | Clive Irving | December 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In this position, the line of cavalry formed the chord of the arc described by the river, and occupied by us.
Polavieja, as everybody knew, was the chosen executive of the friars, whose only care was to secure their own position.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
Cousin George's position is such a happy one, that conversation is to him a thing superfluous.Physiology of The Opera | John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
It is only necessary to have a zinc, or a galvanized tray on which to stand the glass in an inverted position.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
The case may be kept in a light position, and when once under way it will rarely need any additional water.How to Know the Ferns | S. Leonard Bastin
British Dictionary definitions for position
the place, situation, or location of a person or thing: he took up a position to the rear
the appropriate or customary location: the telescope is in position for use
the arrangement or disposition of the body or a part of the body: the corpse was found in a sitting position
the manner in which a person or thing is placed; arrangement
military an area or point occupied for tactical reasons
mental attitude; point of view; stand: what's your position on this issue?
social status or standing, esp high social standing
a post of employment; job
the act of positing a fact or viewpoint
something posited, such as an idea, proposition, etc
sport the part of a field or playing area where a player is placed or where he generally operates
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 position: See also root position
one of the points on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument, determining where a string is to be stopped
(in classical prosody)
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
finance the market commitment of a dealer in securities, currencies, or commodities: a long position; a short position
in a position (foll by an infinitive) able (to): I'm not in a position to reveal these figures
to put in the proper or appropriate place; locate
sport to place (oneself or another player) in a particular part of the field or playing area
to put (someone or something) in a position (esp in relation to others) that confers a strategic advantage: he's trying to position himself for a leadership bid
marketing to promote (a product or service) by tailoring it to the needs of a specific market or by clearly differentiating it from its competitors (e.g. in terms of price or quality)
rare to locate or ascertain the position of
- positional, adjective
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