- 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.
Origin of alignment
Related Words for realignmentdevelopment, evolution, upheaval, progression, shift, conversion, passage, growth, progress, changeover, transformation, renewal, reorganization, realignment, flux, transit, alteration, turn, metamorphosis, passing
Examples from the Web for realignment
Contemporary Examples of realignment
How he was hoping to do a grand Wilsonian realignment of great powers.Will the Tapes That Destroyed Nixon Help Rehabilitate His Image?
August 6, 2014
After all, despite years of PR and realignment, the ACC is still a basketball conference.The 2014 Dummies’ Guide to College Football Games
January 1, 2014
She also points to cultural shifts, a new “anti-stuff mentality,” in her words, “a realignment of our societal priorities.”Suburbs Are Dying, Say Urbanists, but the Obits May Be Premature
August 2, 2013
Will a new overstep such as voluntary default be the impetus for realignment between the parties?Here's Something Debt Ceiling Obstinance May Create: A New Bipartisan Era
January 14, 2013
His one reform in this area—known as “realignment”—has returned some authority to local governments on law-enforcement issues.Why Jerry Brown’s Bid to Fix California’s Budget Isn’t Working
May 15, 2012
Historical Examples of realignment
To this succeeded the classification and realignment of the concrete data thus obtained.Railroads: Rates and Regulations
William Z. Ripley
- the act or instance of restoring or changing to a previous or different position
- 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
1790, "arrangement in a line," from French alignement, from aligner (see align). Political sense is from 1933.