- the position or bearing of the body while standing: legs spread in a wide stance; the threatening stance of the bull.
- a mental or emotional position adopted with respect to something: They assumed an increasingly hostile stance in their foreign policy.
- Sports. the relative position of the feet, as in addressing a golf ball or in making a stroke.
Origin of stance
Related Wordsattitude, stand, viewpoint, posture, bearing, color, deportment, slant, carriage, standpoint, say-so
Examples from the Web for stance
That officer fretting about his “stance,” we learn, is plagued by PTSD that cripples him both on the job and at home.'Babylon' Review: The Dumb Lives of Trigger-Happy Cops
January 9, 2015
Earlier this week, C.Y. Leung reiterated Beijing's stance again: direct elections aren't a possibility.Chinese Tourists Are Taking Hong Kong Protest Selfies
October 23, 2014
My stance at this point is that the audience can decide for themselves.Harry Shearer on Being Nixon, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel, and Why Obama Should Return His Nobel
October 21, 2014
Now, one music festival is taking their stance a step further by placing a ban on the questionable accessory.Cara Delevingne Is Topshop’s Solo Star; Music Festival Bans War Bonnets
The Fashion Beast Team
July 28, 2014
Paul has dropped hints here and there about his Iraq stance.Rand Paul’s Mystery Iraq Stance
June 18, 2014
Her shoulders drooped a little; there was no grace to her stance.The Wind Bloweth
Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
The stance is not accurate, but it is not bad enough to be fatal in itself.
There is nothing of my own discovery or invention in my stance for the drive.
Hugo changed his stance and took the door itself in his hands.Gladiator
The youngster's stance was perfect, but so was his buck fever.Double Challenge
James Arthur Kjelgaard
- the manner and position in which a person or animal stands
- sport the posture assumed when about to play the ball, as in golf, cricket, etc
- general emotional or intellectual attitudea leftist stance
- Scot a place where buses or taxis wait
- mountaineering a place at the top of a pitch where a climber can stand and belay
Word Origin and History for stance
1530s, "standing place, station," probably from Middle French stance "resting place, harbor," from Italian stanza "stopping place, station," from Vulgar Latin *stantia "place, abode," from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "position of the feet" (in golf, etc.) is first recorded 1897; figurative sense of "point of view" is recorded from 1956.