- 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
Examples from the Web for positional
It is not a positional bargaining document, designed simply to rally the base at the outset of negotiations.Obama Budget Catching Hell From Both Sides: Why That’s a Good Sign|John Avlon|April 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But the first step in this potentially constructive kabuki is positional bargaining.The Budget Wars Begin, With Paul Ryan Firing the First Volley|John Avlon|March 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A big part of successful haggling—upmarket American-style—is knowing not just how but when a positional bargaining stance.
But such was not positional authority or authority proceeding from a humanly created superior office and appointment thereto.The Last Reformation|F. G. [Frederick George] Smith
British Dictionary definitions for positional
- 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
Word Origin and History for positional (1 of 3)
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.
Word Origin and History for positional (2 of 3)
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.