from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Arrangement or position in a straight line or in parallel lines.
- n. The process of adjusting parts so that they are in proper relative position: A set of gears needs periodic alignment.
- n. The condition of having parts so adjusted: Binocular lenses that are out of alignment will yield a double image.
- n. A ground plan: Blueprints for the building included an alignment and a profile.
- n. The act of aligning or the condition of being aligned.
- n. An arrangement or alliance of groups: a new alignment of factions in the party.
- n. Sports An arrangement or positioning of players: a defensive alignment.
- n. Sports The grouping or positioning of teams, as in a conference or league.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An arrangement of items in a line.
- n. The process of adjusting a mechanism such that its parts are aligned; the condition of having its parts so adjusted.
- n. An alliance of factions.
- n. The conjunction of two celestial objects.
- n. The precise route or course taken by a linear way (road, railway, footpath, etc.) between two points.
- n. In a roleplaying game, one of a set number of philosophical attitudes a character can take.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of adjusting to a line; arrangement in a line or lines; the state of being so adjusted; a formation in a straight line; also, the line of adjustment; esp., an imaginary line to regulate the formation of troops or of a squadron.
- n. The ground-plan of a railway or other road, in distinction from the grades or profile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other
- n. an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
- n. (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac
- n. the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines
French alignement (Wiktionary)