- 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)
Origin of position
Synonyms for position
Related Words for positionarea, point, spot, seat, environment, stand, situation, post, location, status, state, arrangement, attitude, condition, stance, viewpoint, opinion, view, standing, rank
Examples from the Web for position
Contemporary Examples of position
You have to acknowledge your age and position in life, for me quite a lot of those emotionally fueled songs were hormone songs.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
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
January 1, 2015
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
Essentially, we are being left in a position where we are expected to just take agency promises at face value.No, North Korea Didn’t Hack Sony
December 24, 2014
This is, more or less, the position of political conservatives, who have come down firmly on the side of the fracking industry.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
Historical Examples of position
Now tell me just what you expect a woman in my position to do.
Yet it is a satisfaction to do what I can to let you know the position in which I stand.
If you had married him you'd 'a' had a position, like they say here, right away.
If you don't know my position on board this ship, it's time you found it out!
I should think Hester would have more sense than to encourage a boy in his 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
Word Origin for position
late 14c., as a term in logic and philosophy, from Old French posicion "position, supposition" (Modern French position), from Latin positionem (nominative positio) "act or fact of placing, situation, position, affirmation," noun of state from past participle stem of ponere "put, place," from PIE *po-s(i)nere, from *apo- "off, away" (see apo-) + *sinere "to leave, let" (see site).
Meaning "proper place occupied by a person or thing" is from 1540s. Meaning "manner in which some physical thing is arranged or posed" first recorded 1703; specifically in reference to dance steps, 1778, sexual intercourse, 1883. Meaning "official station, employment" is from 1890.
1670s, "to assume a position (intransitive), from position (n.). Transitive sense of "to put in a particular position" is recorded from 1817. Related: Positioned; positioning.