position Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun the particular portion of space occupied by something
- he put the lamp back in its place
noun a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
noun a way of regarding situations or topics etc.
- consider what follows from the positivist view
noun the arrangement of the body and its limbs
- he assumed an attitude of surrender
noun the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society
- he had the status of a minor
- the novel attained the status of a classic
- atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life
noun a job in an organization
berth; office; billet; spot; place; situation; post.
- he occupied a post in the treasury
noun the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated
- the position of the hands on the clock
- he specified the spatial relations of every piece of furniture on the stage
noun the appropriate or customary location
- the cars were in position
noun (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player
- what position does he play?
noun the act of putting something in a certain place
emplacement; placement; positioning; location; locating.
noun a condition or position in which you find yourself
- the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils
- found herself in a very fortunate situation
noun a rationalized mental attitude
noun an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute
- there are two sides to every question
noun an item on a list or in a sequence
- in the second place
- moved from third to fifth position
noun the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another
stead; place; lieu.
- can you go in my stead?
- took his place
- in lieu of
noun the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom
verb cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
verb put into a certain place or abstract location
set; pose; place; lay; put.
- Put your things here
- Set the tray down
- Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children
- Place emphasis on a certain point
The state of being posited, or placed; the manner in which anything is placed; attitude; condition; as, a firm, an inclined, or an upright. position
We have different prospects of the same thing, according to our different positions to it. Locke.
The spot where a person or thing is placed or takes a place; site; place; station; situation; as, the positionof man in creation; the fleet changed its position.
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; as, to define one's position; to appear in a false position.
Let not the proof of any position depend on the positions that follow, but always on those which go before. I. Watts.
Relative place or standing; social or official rank; as, a person of position; hence, office; post; as, to lose one's. position
(Arith.) A method of solving a problem by one or two suppositions; -- called also the rule of trial and error. Syn. -- Situation; station; place; condition; attitude; posture; proposition; assertion; thesis.
Po*si"tion transitive verb
To indicate the position of; to place.R. Encyc. Brit.
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