Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Arrangement or position in a straight line or in parallel lines.
  • noun The process of adjusting parts so that they are in proper relative position.
  • noun The condition of having parts so adjusted.
  • noun A ground plan.
  • noun The act of aligning or the condition of being aligned.
  • noun An arrangement or alliance of groups.
  • noun An arrangement or positioning of players.
  • noun The grouping or positioning of teams, as in a conference or league.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.
  • noun (Engin.) The ground-plan of a railway or other road, in distinction from the grades or profile.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An arrangement of items in a line.
  • noun The process of adjusting a mechanism such that its parts are aligned; the condition of having its parts so adjusted.
  • noun An alliance of factions.
  • noun astronomy The conjunction of two celestial objects.
  • noun transport The precise route or course taken by a linear way (road, railway, footpath, etc.) between two points.
  • noun gaming In a roleplaying game, one of a set number of philosophical attitudes a character can take.

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

  • noun the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other
  • noun an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
  • noun (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac
  • noun the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines

Etymologies

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French alignement

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