[puh-zish-uh n] /pəˈzɪʃ ən/
condition with reference to place; location; situation.
a place occupied or to be occupied; site:
a fortified position.
the proper, appropriate, or usual place:
out of position.
situation or condition, especially with relation to favorable or unfavorable circumstances:
to be in an awkward position; to bargain from a position of strength.
status or standing:
He has a position to maintain in the community.
high standing, as in society; important status:
a person of wealth and position.
a post of employment:
a position in a bank.
manner of being placed, disposed, or arranged:
the relative position of the hands of a clock.
bodily posture or attitude:
to be in a sitting position.
mental attitude; stand:
one’s position on a controversial topic.
the act of positing.
something that is posited.
Ballet. any of the five basic positions of the feet with which every step or movement begins and ends.
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Finance. a commitment to buy or sell securities:
He took a large position in defense stocks.
Classical Prosody. the situation of a short vowel before two or more consonants or their equivalent, making the syllable metrically long.
verb (used with object)
to put in a particular or appropriate position; place.
to determine the position of; locate.
the place, situation, or location of a person or thing: he took up a position to the rear
the appropriate or customary location: the telescope is in position for use
the arrangement or disposition of the body or a part of the body: the corpse was found in a sitting position
the manner in which a person or thing is placed; arrangement
(military) an area or point occupied for tactical reasons
mental attitude; point of view; stand: what’s your position on this issue?
social status or standing, esp high social standing
a post of employment; job
the act of positing a fact or viewpoint
something posited, such as an idea, proposition, etc
(sport) the part of a field or playing area where a player is placed or where he generally operates
(in classical prosody)
(finance) the market commitment of a dealer in securities, currencies, or commodities: a long position, a short position
(foll by an infinitive) in a position, able (to): I’m not in a position to reveal these figures
to put in the proper or appropriate place; locate
(sport) to place (oneself or another player) in a particular part of the field or playing area
to put (someone or something) in a position (esp in relation to others) that confers a strategic advantage: he’s trying to position himself for a leadership bid
(marketing) to promote (a product or service) by tailoring it to the needs of a specific market or by clearly differentiating it from its competitors (e.g. in terms of price or quality)
(rare) to locate or ascertain the position of
1570s, from position (n.) + -al (1).
late 14c., as a term in logic and philosophy, from Old French posicion “position, supposition” (Modern French position), from Latin positionem (nominative positio) “act or fact of placing, situation, position, affirmation,” noun of state from past participle stem of ponere “put, place,” from PIE *po-s(i)nere, from *apo- “off, away” (see apo-) + *sinere “to leave, let” (see site).
Meaning “proper place occupied by a person or thing” is from 1540s. Meaning “manner in which some physical thing is arranged or posed” first recorded 1703; specifically in reference to dance steps, 1778, sexual intercourse, 1883. Meaning “official station, employment” is from 1890.
1670s, “to assume a position (intransitive), from position (n.). Transitive sense of “to put in a particular position” is recorded from 1817. Related: Positioned; positioning.
position po·si·tion (pə-zĭsh’ən)
noun 1. . [uh-strom-i-tree] /əˈstrɒm ɪ tri/ noun 1. the branch of astronomy that deals with the measurement of the positions and motions of the celestial bodies. /əˈstrɒmɪtrɪ/ noun 1. the branch of astronomy concerned with the measurement of the position and motion of celestial bodies astrometry (ə-strŏm’ĭ-trē) The scientific measurement of the positions and […]
noun 1. a type of numeration in which the position of a digit affects its value. noun 1. the method of denoting numbers by the use of a finite number of digits, each digit having its value multiplied by its place value, as in 936 = (9 × 100) + (3 × 10) + 6
- Positional nystagmus
positional nystagmus n. A nystagmus occurring only when the head is in a particular position.
- Positional representation
mathematics The conventional way of writing numbers as a string of digits in which each digit, D, has value D * R^I, where R is the radix or (number) base and I is the digit’s position counting leftward from zero at the least significant (right-hand) end. Each digit can be zero to R-1. Each position […]