- 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)
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Origin of position
synonym study for position
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM positionpo·si·tion·al, adjectivepo·si·tion·less, adjectivemis·po·si·tion, verb (used with object)well-po·si·tioned, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for position
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.
Plenty of conservative commentators have said he should step down from his leadership position.
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|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|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.
The case may be kept in a light position, and when once under way it will rarely need any additional water.
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