- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM positionpo·si·tion·al, adjectivepo·si·tion·less, adjectivemis·po·si·tion, verb (used with object)well-po·si·tioned, adjective
Words nearby position
Example sentences 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