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

  • n. The attitude or position of a standing person or animal, especially the position assumed by an athlete preparatory to action. See Synonyms at posture.
  • n. Mental posture; point of view: "Peru ... has also toughened its stance toward foreign investors” ( Abraham F. Lowenthal).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The manner, posture, or pose in which one stands.
  • n. One’s opinion or point of view.
  • n. A station; a position; a site.
  • n. A stanza.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stanza.
  • n. A station; a position; a site.
  • n. The position of a player's feet, relative to each other and to the ball, when he is making a stroke or at bat.
  • n. the mental attitude, position, or approach a person adopts in respect to something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To station; place.
  • n. A station; a site; an area for building; a position; a stand.
  • n. Space; gap; distance.
  • n. A stave or stanza.
  • n. In golf, the position of a player's feet, in addressing the ball.

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

  • n. standing posture
  • n. a rationalized mental attitude


French, position, from Italian stanza, from Vulgar Latin *stantia, from Latin stāns, stant-, present participle of stāre, to stand.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via French, from Italian stanza ("standing place"), from Latin stāre ("to stand"). (Wiktionary)


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