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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

POSI'TION, n. [L. positio, form positus. See Pose and Posited.]
1. State of being placed; situation; often with reference to other objects, or to different parts of the same object.
We have different prospects of the same thing according to our different positions to it.
2. Manner of standing or being placed; attitude; as an inclining position.
3. Principle laid down; proposition advanced or affirmed as a fixed principle, or stated as the ground of reasoning, or to be proved.
Let not the proof of any position depend on the positions that follow, but always on those which precede.
4. The advancement of any principle.
5. State; condition.
Great Britain, at the peace of 1763, stood in a position to prescribe her own terms.
6. In grammar, the state of a vowel placed between two consonants, as in pompous, or before a double consonant, as in axle. In prosody, vowels are said to be long or short by position.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: the particular portion of space occupied by something; "he put the lamp back in its place" [syn: position, place]
2: a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons [syn: military position, position]
3: a way of regarding situations or topics etc.; "consider what follows from the positivist view" [syn: position, view, perspective]
4: the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender" [syn: position, posture, attitude]
5: 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" [syn: status, position]
6: a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury" [syn: position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situation]
7: 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" [syn: position, spatial relation]
8: the appropriate or customary location; "the cars were in position"
9: (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player; "what position does he play?"
10: the act of putting something in a certain place [syn: placement, location, locating, position, positioning, emplacement]
11: 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" [syn: situation, position]
12: a rationalized mental attitude [syn: position, stance, posture]
13: an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute; "there are two sides to every question" [syn: side, position]
14: an item on a list or in a sequence; "in the second place"; "moved from third to fifth position" [syn: place, position]
15: the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of" [syn: stead, position, place, lieu]
16: the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom v
1: cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation
2: put into a certain place or abstract location; "Put your things here"; "Set the tray down"; "Set the dogs on the scent of the missing children"; "Place emphasis on a certain point" [syn: put, set, place, pose, position, lay]

Merriam Webster's

I. noun Etymology: Middle English posycion, from Anglo-French posicioun, from Latin position-, positio, from ponere to lay down, put, place, from Old Latin *posinere, from po- away (akin to Old Church Slavic po-, perfective prefix, Greek apo away) + Latin sinere to leave more at of Date: 14th century 1. an act of placing or arranging: as a. the laying down of a proposition or thesis b. an arranging in order 2. a point of view adopted and held to <made my position on the issue clear> 3. a. the point or area occupied by a physical object ; location <took her position at the head of the line> b. a certain arrangement of bodily parts <rose to a standing position> 4. a market commitment in securities or commodities; also the inventory of a market trader 5. a. relative place, situation, or standing <is now in a position to make decisions on his own> b. social or official rank or status c. an employment for which one has been hired ; job <a position with a brokerage firm> d. a situation that confers advantage or preference II. transitive verb (positioned; positioning) Date: 1817 to put in a certain position <positioned the chairs around the room> <positioned the company in the global market>

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & v. --n. 1 a place occupied by a person or thing. 2 the way in which a thing or its parts are placed or arranged (sitting in an uncomfortable position). 3 the proper place (in position). 4 the state of being advantageously placed (jockeying for position). 5 a person's mental attitude; a way of looking at a question (changed their position on nuclear disarmament). 6 a person's situation in relation to others (puts one in an awkward position). 7 rank or status; high social standing. 8 paid employment. 9 a place where troops etc. are posted for strategical purposes (the position was stormed). 10 the configuration of chessmen etc. during a game. 11 a specific pose in ballet etc. (hold first position). 12 Logic a a proposition. b a statement of proposition. --v.tr. place in position. Phrases and idioms: in a position to enabled by circumstances, resources, information, etc. to (do, state, etc.). position paper orig. US (in business etc.) a written report of attitude or intentions. position vector Math. a vector which determines the position of a point. Derivatives: positional adj. positionally adv. positioner n. Etymology: ME f. OF position or L positio -onis (as POSIT)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Position Po*si"tion, v. t. To indicate the position of; to place. [R.] --Encyc. Brit.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Position Po*si"tion, n. [F. position, L. positio, fr. ponere, positum, to put, place; prob. for posino, fr. an old preposition used only in comp. (akin to Gr. ?) + sinere to leave, let, permit, place. See Site, and cf. Composite, Compound, v., Depone, Deposit, Expound, Impostor, Opposite, Propound, Pose, v., Posit, Post, n.] 1. 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. 2. The spot where a person or thing is placed or takes a place; site; place; station; situation; as, the position of man in creation; the fleet changed its position. 3. 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. 4. Relative place or standing; social or official rank; as, a person of position; hence, office; post; as, to lose one's position. 5. (Arith.) A method of solving a problem by one or two suppositions; -- called also the rule of trial and error. Angle of position (Astron.), the angle which any line (as that joining two stars) makes with another fixed line, specifically with a circle of declination. Double position (Arith.), the method of solving problems by proceeding with each of two assumed numbers, according to the conditions of the problem, and by comparing the difference of the results with those of the numbers, deducing the correction to be applied to one of them to obtain the true result. Guns of position (Mil.), heavy fieldpieces, not designed for quick movements. Position finder (Mil.), a range finder. See under Range. Position micrometer, a micrometer applied to the tube of an astronomical telescope for measuring angles of position in the field of view. Single position (Arith.), the method of solving problems, in which the result obtained by operating with an assumed number is to the true result as the number assumed is to the number required. Strategic position (Mil.), a position taken up by an army or a large detachment of troops for the purpose of checking or observing an opposing force. Syn: Situation; station; place; condition; attitude; posture; proposition; assertion; thesis.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Angle An"gle ([a^][ng]"g'l), n. [F. angle, L. angulus angle, corner; akin to uncus hook, Gr. 'agky`los bent, crooked, angular, 'a`gkos a bend or hollow, AS. angel hook, fish-hook, G. angel, and F. anchor.] 1. The inclosed space near the point where two lines meet; a corner; a nook. Into the utmost angle of the world. --Spenser. To search the tenderest angles of the heart. --Milton. 2. (Geom.) (a) The figure made by. two lines which meet. (b) The difference of direction of two lines. In the lines meet, the point of meeting is the vertex of the angle. 3. A projecting or sharp corner; an angular fragment. Though but an angle reached him of the stone. --Dryden. 4. (Astrol.) A name given to four of the twelve astrological ``houses.'' [Obs.] --Chaucer. 5. [AS. angel.] A fishhook; tackle for catching fish, consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a rod. Give me mine angle: we 'll to the river there. --Shak. A fisher next his trembling angle bears. --Pope. Acute angle, one less than a right angle, or less than 90[deg]. Adjacent or Contiguous angles, such as have one leg common to both angles. Alternate angles. See Alternate. Angle bar. (a) (Carp.) An upright bar at the angle where two faces of a polygonal or bay window meet. --Knight. (b) (Mach.) Same as Angle iron. Angle bead (Arch.), a bead worked on or fixed to the angle of any architectural work, esp. for protecting an angle of a wall. Angle brace, Angle tie (Carp.), a brace across an interior angle of a wooden frame, forming the hypothenuse and securing the two side pieces together. --Knight. Angle iron (Mach.), a rolled bar or plate of iron having one or more angles, used for forming the corners, or connecting or sustaining the sides of an iron structure to which it is riveted. Angle leaf (Arch.), a detail in the form of a leaf, more or less conventionalized, used to decorate and sometimes to strengthen an angle. Angle meter, an instrument for measuring angles, esp. for ascertaining the dip of strata. Angle shaft (Arch.), an enriched angle bead, often having a capital or base, or both. Curvilineal angle, one formed by two curved lines. External angles, angles formed by the sides of any right-lined figure, when the sides are produced or lengthened. Facial angle. See under Facial. Internal angles, those which are within any right-lined figure. Mixtilineal angle, one formed by a right line with a curved line. Oblique angle, one acute or obtuse, in opposition to a right angle. Obtuse angle, one greater than a right angle, or more than 90[deg]. Optic angle. See under Optic. Rectilineal or Right-lined angle, one formed by two right lines. Right angle, one formed by a right line falling on another perpendicularly, or an angle of 90[deg] (measured by a quarter circle). Solid angle, the figure formed by the meeting of three or more plane angles at one point. Spherical angle, one made by the meeting of two arcs of great circles, which mutually cut one another on the surface of a globe or sphere. Visual angle, the angle formed by two rays of light, or two straight lines drawn from the extreme points of an object to the center of the eye. For Angles of commutation, draught, incidence, reflection, refraction, position, repose, fraction, see Commutation, Draught, Incidence, Reflection, Refraction, etc.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(positions, positioning, positioned) Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. The position of someone or something is the place where they are in relation to other things. The ship was identified, and its name and position were reported to the coastguard... This conservatory enjoys an enviable position overlooking a leafy expanse. N-COUNT 2. When someone or something is in a particular position, they are sitting, lying, or arranged in that way. Hold the upper back and neck in an erect position to give support for the head... Ensure the patient is turned into the recovery position... Mr. Dambar had raised himself to a sitting position. N-COUNT: usu with supp 3. If you position something somewhere, you put it there carefully, so that it is in the right place or position. Place the pastry circles on to a baking sheet and position one apple on each circle. = place VERB: V n prep 4. Your position in society is the role and the importance that you have in it. ...the position of older people in society. N-COUNT: usu with supp 5. A position in a company or organization is a job. (FORMAL) He left a career in teaching to take up a position with the Arts Council... = post N-COUNT 6. Your position in a race or competition is how well you did in relation to the other competitors or how well you are doing. By the ninth hour the car was running in eighth position. N-COUNT: usu supp N 7. You can describe your situation at a particular time by saying that you are in a particular position. He's going to be in a very difficult position indeed if things go badly for him... Companies should be made to reveal more about their financial position... It was not the only time he found himself in this position. = situation N-COUNT: usu sing, usu with supp 8. Your position on a particular matter is your attitude towards it or your opinion of it. (FORMAL) He could be depended on to take a moderate position on most of the key issues... = stance N-COUNT: usu supp N 9. If you are in a position to do something, you are able to do it. If you are in no position to do something, you are unable to do it. The UN system will be in a position to support the extensive relief efforts needed... I am not in a position to comment. N-SING: N to-inf 10. If someone or something is in position, they are in their correct or usual place or arrangement. This second door is an extra security measure and can be locked in position during the day... Some 28,000 US troops are moving into position. PHRASE: usu PHR after v

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Station, situation, spot, place, locality, post, site. 2. Relation. 3. Attitude, posture. 4. Proposition, principle, thesis, dictum, assertion, doctrine, predication, affirmation. 5. Place, standing, social rank. 6. State, condition, place, circumstances. 7. Place, situation.

Moby Thesaurus

Anschauung, Parthian shot, a priori principle, abode, address, affect, affectivity, affirmance, affirmation, allegation, allocate, angle, angle of vision, announcement, annunciation, answer, apostrophe, appointment, apriorism, area, arrange, arrangement, aspect, assertion, asseveration, assign, assumed position, assumption, attitude, autarky, averment, avouchment, avowal, axiom, azimuth, basis, bearing, bearings, belief, bench mark, bent, berth, billet, bimetallism, blood, bracket, branch, cachet, capacity, case, caste, categorical proposition, category, celestial navigation, character, circumstance, circumstances, clan, class, climate of opinion, collocate, color, comment, common belief, community sentiment, conceit, concept, conception, conclusion, condition, connection, consensus gentium, consequence, consideration, contention, crack, creed, data, dead reckoning, declaration, deploy, determine, dictum, dignity, disposal, dispose, disposition, district, division, duty, echelon, economic self-sufficiency, emotion, emotivity, emplace, emplacement, employment, engagement, enunciation, establish, estate, estimate, estimation, ethos, exclamation, exposure, expression, eye, face, feeling, feeling tone, first principles, fix, footing, foundation, frame of reference, framework, free enterprise, free trade, frontage, function, general belief, get a fix, gig, governmentalism, grade, greeting, ground, group, grouping, head, heading, hierarchy, high place, hole, home in on, hypothesis, hypothesis ad hoc, idea, importance, impression, inclination, incumbency, install, interjection, ipse dixit, jam, job, judgment, kin, kudos, label, laissez-faire, laissez-faireism, latitude and longitude, lay, leaning, lemma, level, lie, lieu, light, lights, line, line of position, locale, localism, locality, localize, locate, location, locus, lot, major premise, managed currency, manifesto, mental attitude, mental outlook, mention, mind, minor premise, modality, mode, moonlighting, mystique, navigate, noninterference, nonintervention, note, notion, nullification, observation, occupation, office, opening, opinion, order, orientation, outlook, part, party line, party principle, pass, personal judgment, philosopheme, philosophical proposition, phrase, pickle, pigeonhole, pilotage, pin down, pinpoint, place, placement, placing, planned economy, plight, point, point of view, policy, polity, popular belief, pose, position, position line, position paper, positive declaration, post, postulate, postulation, postulatum, posture, power structure, precedence, predicament, predicate, predication, premise, prestige, presumption, presupposition, prevailing belief, price supports, principle, proclamation, profession, pronouncement, proposition, propositional function, protection, protectionism, protest, protestation, province, psychology, public belief, public opinion, public policy, pump-priming, put, put in place, quality, question, race, radio bearing, rank, rate, rating, reaction, reference system, reflection, regard, region, relation, remark, respect, role, rubric, say, say-so, saying, second job, section, sectionalism, sentence, sentiment, sept, service, set, settle, side, sight, site, situate, situation, situs, slant, sphere, spot, stage, stance, stand, standing, standpoint, state, statement, station, stature, status, stead, strain, stratum, subdivision, subgroup, subjoinder, suborder, sumption, supposal, system, tenure, theorem, theory, thesis, thinking, thought, title, triangulate, truth table, truth-function, truth-value, universe, utterance, vacancy, view, viewpoint, vouch, way of thinking, where, whereabout, whereabouts, word, zero in on


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