to arrange in a straight line; adjust according to a line.
to bring into a line or .
to bring into cooperation or agreement with a particular group, party, cause, etc.:
He aligned himself with the liberals.
to adjust (two or more components of an electronic circuit) to improve the response over a frequency band, as to align the tuned circuits of a radio receiver for proper tracking throughout its frequency range, or a television receiver for appropriate wide-band responses.
to fall or come into line; be in line.
to join with others in a cause.
He wants the status and he knows by aligning himself with Nucky and doing business with him that he will be granted these things.
Boardwalk Empire’s Racial Divide Jace Lacob October 9, 2010
And so the stars seem to be aligning into one of those moments where, as Seamus Heaney once wrote, “hope and history rhyme.”
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Turkey under the Justice and Development Party (AKP) has never wanted to appear to be aligning itself with Western policies.
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By peddling merchandise and aligning with other high-end brands, it is also evolving into a broader business.
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The speaker conjures up centuries of collective sagacity, aligning oneself with an eternal, inarguable good.
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The battalion adjutant assists in aligning the battalion and then takes his post.
Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911 United States War Department
Into what groups are type faces divided for aligning purposes?
Type A. A. Stewart
Aunt Delia McCormick surprised every one by aligning herself with this latter minority.
The Boss of Little Arcady Harry Leon Wilson
In “Right front into line, double time” halting and aligning commands are omitted.
Military Instructors Manual James P. Cole and Oliver Schoonmaker
In pistol shooting, all resolves itself into aligning the pistol and discharging the bullet.
The Modern Pistol and How to Shoot It Walter Winans
to place or become placed in a line
to bring (components or parts, such as the wheels of a car) into proper or desirable coordination or relation
(transitive) usually foll by with. to bring (a person, country, etc) into agreement or cooperation with the policy, etc of another person or group
(transitive) (psychol) to integrate or harmonize the aims, practices, etc of a group
(usually foll by with) (psychol) to identify with or match the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
early 15c., “to copulate” (of wolves, dogs), literally “to range (things) in a line,” from Middle French aligner, from Old French alignier “set, lay in line,” from à “to” (see ad-) + lignier “to line,” from Latin lineare, from linea (see line (n.)). Transitive or reflective sense of “to fall into line” is from 1853. International political sense is attested from 1934. No justification for the French spelling, and aline was an early native form. Related: Aligned; aligning.
- Aligning punch
a drift for aligning rivet holes.
an adjustment to a line; arrangement in a straight line. the line or lines so formed. the proper adjustment of the components of an electronic circuit, machine, etc., for coordinated functioning: The front wheels of the car are out of alignment. a state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc., with a common […]
- Alignment chart
- Alignment curve
alignment curve alignment curve a·lign·ment curve (ə-līn’mənt) n. The line passing through the center of the teeth lateral to the curve of the dental arch.