verb (used with object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

verb (used without object), pos·tured, pos·tur·ing.

Nearby words

  1. postural drainage,
  2. postural position,
  3. postural proteinuria,
  4. postural syncope,
  5. postural vertigo,
  6. posture sense,
  7. posturize,
  8. posturpedic,
  9. postvaccinal encephalitis,
  10. postvalvar

Origin of posture

1595–1605; < French < Italian postura < Latin positūra. See posit, -ure

Related formspos·tur·al, adjectivepos·tur·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for posture

British Dictionary definitions for posture



a position or attitude of the limbs or body
a characteristic manner of bearing the body; carriageto have good posture
the disposition of the parts of a visible object
a mental attitude or frame of mind
a state, situation, or condition
a false or affected attitude; pose


to assume or cause to assume a bodily position or attitude
(intr) to assume an affected or unnatural bodily or mental posture; pose
Derived Formspostural, adjectiveposturer, noun

Word Origin for posture

C17: via French from Italian postura, from Latin positūra, from pōnere to place

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Word Origin and History for posture
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Medicine definitions for posture




A position of the body or of body parts.
A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.

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