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  1. po·si·tion
    IPA[pəˈziSH(ə)n]
  2. noun

    • 1. a place where someone or something is located or has been put:

      the distress call had given the ship's position Mrs. Snell had taken up her position on the bottom step of the stairs
    • 2. the location where someone or something should be; the correct place:

      make sure that no slates have slipped out of position the lid was put into position and screwed down
    • 3. a place where part of a military force is posted for strategic purposes:

      the guns were shelling the German positions
    • 4. a particular way in which someone or something is placed or arranged:

      he moved himself into a reclining position a cramp forced her to change position
    • 5. in a game of chess, the configuration of the pieces and pawns on the board at any point.

    • 6. a particular location of the hand on the fingerboard of a stringed instrument:

      be familiar with the first six positions across the four strings
    • 7. a particular location of the slide of a trombone.

    • 8. the arrangement of the constituent notes of a chord.

    • 9. a situation or set of circumstances, especially one that affects one's power to act:

      the company's financial position is grim we felt we were not in a position to judge the merits of the case
      Synonym : situation, state, condition, circumstances, set of circumstances, state of affairs, case, predicament, plight, pass, strait(s)
    • 10. the state of being placed where one has an advantage over one's rivals in a competitive situation:

      his successors were already jockeying for position
      Synonym : advantage, pole position, advantageous position, favorable position, the upper hand, the edge, the whip hand, primacy, the catbird seat, the box seat
    • 11. a person's place or rank in relation to others, especially in a competitive situation:

      he made up ground to finish in second position
    • 12. high rank or social standing:

      a woman of supposed wealth and position
    • 13. a job:

      she retired from her position as marketing director
    • 14. (in team games) a set of functions considered as the responsibility of a particular player based on the location in which they play:

      it gives every player a chance to play every fielding position
    • 15. a person's point of view or attitude toward something:

      I’ll never accept his position on censorship
      Synonym : point of view, viewpoint, opinion, way of thinking, outlook, attitude, stand, standpoint, stance, posture, angle, perspective, approach, slant, thinking, policy, thoughts, ideas, sentiments, feelings
    • 16. an investor's net holdings in one or more markets at a particular time; the status of an individual or institutional trader's open contracts:

      traders were covering short positions
    • 17. a proposition laid down or asserted; a tenet or assertion.

    verb

    • 1. put or arrange (someone or something) in a particular place or way:

      he pulled out a chair and positioned it between them she positioned herself on a bench
    • 2. promote (a product, service, or business) within a particular sector of a market, or as the fulfillment of that sector's specific requirements:

      a comprehensive development plan that will position the city as a major economic force in the region
    • 3. portray or regard (someone) as a particular type of person:

      I had positioned her as my antagonist
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: position, plural noun: positions

    • noun

      a place where someone or something is located or has been put:

      the correct location of someone or something:

    • verb

      put or arrange (someone or something) in a particular place or way:

      promote (a product, service, or business) within a particular sector of a market, or as the fulfilment of that sector's specific requirements:

    • noun

      a posture in which the feet are turned outward, one immediately in front of but touching the other so that the toe of the back foot just protrudes beyond the heel of the front foot.

      a position of the arms in which they are held curved in front of the body, at hip level, waist level, or above the head, with the palms facing the body.

    • noun

      a posture in which the feet form a straight line, being turned out to either side with the heels separated by the distance of a small step.

      a position of the arms in which they are held out to each side of the body, curving forward and slightly upward.

    • noun

      a posture in which the turned-out feet are placed one in front of the other, so that the heel of the front foot fits into the hollow of the instep of the back foot.

      a position of the arms in which one is held curved in front of the body and the other curved to the side, both at waist level.

    • noun

      a posture in which the feet are placed turned outward one in front of the other, separated by the distance of one step.

      a position of the arms in which one is held curved over the head and the other curved in front of the body at waist level.

    • noun

      a posture in which the feet are turned outward with the heels touching.

      a position of the arms in which both are held curved in front of the body at waist level, with the palms facing the body.

    • noun

      the most favorable position at the start of an automobile race, typically on the inside of the front row of competitors.

      a leading or dominant position:

    • noun

      a supine position of the body with the legs separated, flexed, and supported in raised stirrups, originally used for lithotomy and later also for childbirth.
    • noun

      a position, used for pelvic surgery and to treat shock, in which a patient lies face upward on a tilted table or bed with the pelvis higher than the head.
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