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alignment

[uh-lahyn-muh nt]
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noun
  1. an adjustment to a line; arrangement in a straight line.
  2. the line or lines so formed.
  3. 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.
  4. a state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc., with a common cause or viewpoint.
  5. a ground plan of a railroad or highway.
  6. Archaeology. a line or an arrangement of parallel or converging lines of upright stones or menhirs.
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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
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Related Words for realignment

development, evolution, upheaval, progression, shift, conversion, passage, growth, progress, changeover, transformation, renewal, reorganization, realignment, flux, transit, alteration, turn, metamorphosis, passing

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British Dictionary definitions for realignment

realignment

noun
  1. the act or instance of restoring or changing to a previous or different position
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alignment

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

alignment

n.

1790, "arrangement in a line," from French alignement, from aligner (see align). Political sense is from 1933.

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