Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A place or location.
  • n. The right or appropriate place: The bands are in position for the parade's start.
  • n. A strategic area occupied by members of a force: The troops took up positions along the river.
  • n. The way in which something is placed: the position of the clock's hands.
  • n. The arrangement of body parts; posture: a standing position.
  • n. An advantageous place or location: jockeys maneuvering for position.
  • n. A situation as it relates to the surrounding circumstances: in a position to bargain.
  • n. A point of view or attitude on a certain question: the mayor's position on taxes.
  • n. Social standing or status; rank.
  • n. A post of employment; a job.
  • n. Sports The area for which a particular player is responsible.
  • n. The arrangement of the pieces or cards at any particular time in a game such as chess, checkers, or bridge.
  • n. The act or process of positing.
  • n. A principle or proposition posited.
  • n. A commitment to buy or sell a given amount of securities or commodities.
  • n. The amount of securities or commodities held by a person, firm, or institution.
  • n. The ownership status of a person's or institution's investments.
  • transitive v. To put in place or position.
  • transitive v. To determine the position of; locate.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place or location.
  • n. A post of employment; a job.
  • n. A status or rank.
  • n. An opinion, stand, or stance.
  • n. A posture.
  • n. A place on the playing field, together with a set of duties, assigned to a player.
  • n. An amount of securities or commodities held by a person, firm, or institution.
  • v. To put into place.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The state of being posited, or placed; the manner in which anything is placed; attitude; condition.
  • n. The spot where a person or thing is placed or takes a place; site; place; station; situation
  • n. Hence: The ground which any one takes in an argument or controversy; the point of view from which any one proceeds to a discussion; also, a principle laid down as the basis of reasoning; a proposition; a thesis
  • n. Relative place or standing; social or official rank; ; hence, office; post.
  • n. A method of solving a problem by one or two suppositions; -- called also the rule of trial and error.
  • transitive v. To indicate the position of; to place.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To place with relation to other objects; set in a definite place.
  • n. The aggregate of spatial relations of a body or figure, considered as rigid, to other such bodies or figures; the definition of the place of a thing; situation.
  • n. Hence Status or standing; social rank or condition: as, social position; a man of position.
  • n. The act of positing or asserting; also, the assertion itself; affirmation; principle laid down.
  • n. A place occupied or to be occupied.
  • n. Posture or manner of standing, sitting, or lying; attitude: as, an uneasy position.
  • n. Place; proper or appropriate place: as, his lance was in position; specifically (military), the proper place to make or receive an attack.
  • n. In arithmetic, the act of assuming an approximate value for an unknown quantity, and thence determining that quantity by means of the data of a given question.
  • n. In logic, the laying down of a proposition, generally an arbitrary supposition; also, the proposition itself.
  • n. In ancient prosody, the situation of a vowel before two or more consonants or a double consonant, tending to retard utterance and consequently to lengthen the syllable; such combination of consonants, or the prosodic effect produced by it.
  • n. In obstetrics, the relation between the body of the fetus and the pelvis of the mother in any given presentation.
  • n. Thesis, assertion, doctrine.
  • n. Attitude, Pose, etc. See posture.
  • n. Specifically, in archery, the attitude or standing of an archer in the act of shooting.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the appropriate or customary location
  • v. cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
  • n. a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
  • n. (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player
  • n. the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
  • n. a condition or position in which you find yourself
  • n. an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute
  • v. put into a certain place or abstract location
  • n. a job in an organization
  • n. the act of putting something in a certain place
  • n. the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom
  • n. the arrangement of the body and its limbs
  • n. a rationalized mental attitude
  • n. a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
  • n. the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
  • n. the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
  • n. the particular portion of space occupied by something
  • n. an item on a list or in a sequence

Etymologies

Middle English posicioun, from Old French posicion, from Latin positiō, positiōn-, from positus, past participle of pōnere, to place.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French position, from Latin positio ("a putting, position"), from ponere, past participle positus ("to put, place"); see ponent. Compare apposition, composition, deposition; see pose. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Obviously, the first problem with McCain position is that for years Alaskans have overwhelmingly favored drilling in ANWR.

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  • And we let some of them in, sometimes with the unexamined conceit that any shift in position is a window into the candidate's lack of character, toughness or principle.

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  • The change in position is much larger than the errors, showing it to be a real movement in an orbit!

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  • The sheer arrogance of the McCain position is stunning; his inability to separate himself from the neoconservative extremists on any foreign policy issue raises major questions about his alleged foreign policy expertise.

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  • As the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, he rightfully believed that the title position put his place in the uppity-stratospheric levels shared by other internationally famous, extremely wealthy and very powerful male WASP sports figures of his day (think Babe Ruth or John L. Sullivan).

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  • Changing the label position from right to bottom then back again seems to have fixed the problem ... for now.

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  • You therefore assume that my position is also an absolute, always negotiate, always, no matter how ridiculous the claim.

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  • He will continue to solidify his position is the premier name in the specialty gift market through a selective licensing program designed to introduce innovative new products while maintaining high quality standards and exclusive distribution.

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  • I take it that you are under the sway of a contemporary mood, that your position is an accidental phase of to-day's materialism.

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  • This position is absolutely rejected by a majority of US citizens.

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