[uh-lahyn-muh nt]


an adjustment to a line; arrangement in a straight line.
the line or lines so formed.
the proper adjustment of the components of an electronic circuit, machine, etc., for coordinated functioning: The front wheels of the car are out of alignment.
a state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc., with a common cause or viewpoint.
a ground plan of a railroad or highway.
Archaeology. a line or an arrangement of parallel or converging lines of upright stones or menhirs.

Nearby words

  1. aligarh,
  2. alight,
  3. alighting gear,
  4. align,
  5. aligning punch,
  6. alignment chart,
  7. alignment curve,
  8. aligoté,
  9. alike,
  10. aliment

Also a·line·ment.

Origin of alignment

1780–90; align + -ment; replacing earlier alignement < French

Related formsnon·a·line·ment, nounre·a·lign·ment, nounself-a·lign·ment, nounself-a·line·ment, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for re-alignment

British Dictionary definitions for re-alignment



arrangement in a straight line
the line or lines formed in this manner
alliance or union with a party, cause, etc
proper or desirable coordination or relation of components
a ground plan of a railway, motor road, etc
archaeol an arrangement of one or more ancient rows of standing stones, of uncertain significance
psychol integration or harmonization of aims, practices, etc within a group
psychol identification with or matching of the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
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Word Origin and History for re-alignment
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