- the arrangement of tones in a chord, especially with regard to the location of the root tone in a triad or to the distance of the tones from each other.Compare close position, inversion (def. 8a), open position, root position.
- any of the places on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument where the fingers stop the strings to produce the variouspitches.
- any of the places to which the slide of a trombone is shifted to produce changes in pitch.
verb (used with object)
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Origin of position
synonym study for position
9. Position, posture, attitude, pose refer to an arrangement or disposal of the body or its parts. Position is the general word for the arrangement of the body: in a reclining position. Posture is usually an assumed arrangement of the body, especially when standing: a relaxed posture. Attitude is often a posture assumed for imitative effect or the like, but may be one adopted for a purpose (as that of a fencer or a tightrope walker): an attitude of prayer. A pose is an attitude assumed, in most cases, for artistic effect: an attractive pose.
OTHER WORDS FROM positionpo·si·tion·al, adjectivepo·si·tion·less, adjectivemis·po·si·tion, verb (used with object)well-po·si·tioned, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for position
Observers think Grothman would be well-positioned in a Republican primary, provided the 73-year-old Petri even runs.Tom Petri's Primary Challenge May Mark End Of Rockefeller Republicanism|Ben Jacobs|April 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Polling suggests that the Republican nominee will be well-positioned to win the general election.
It was an important thing to her to hear one so well-positioned and powerful speaking in this manner.Sister Carrie|Theodore Dreiser
British Dictionary definitions for position
- the vertical spacing or layout of the written notes in a chord. Chords arranged with the three upper voices close together are in close position . Chords whose notes are evenly or widely distributed are in open positionSee also root position
- one of the points on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument, determining where a string is to be stopped
- the situation in which a short vowel may be regarded as long, that is, when it occurs before two or more consonants
- make position (of a consonant, either on its own or in combination with other consonants, such as x in Latin) to cause a short vowel to become metrically long when placed after it