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English Dictionary: position by the DICT Development Group
4 results for position
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the particular portion of space occupied by something; "he put the lamp back in its place"
    Synonym(s): position, place
  2. a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons
    Synonym(s): military position, position
  3. a way of regarding situations or topics etc.; "consider what follows from the positivist view"
    Synonym(s): position, view, perspective
  4. the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): status, position
  6. a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the treasury"
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): 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
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): situation, position
  12. a rationalized mental attitude
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): side, position
  14. an item on a list or in a sequence; "in the second place"; "moved from third to fifth position"
    Synonym(s): 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"
    Synonym(s): stead, position, place, lieu
  16. the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom
  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"
    Synonym(s): put, set, place, pose, position, lay
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   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
      5. (Arith.) A method of solving a problem by one or two
            suppositions; -- called also the {rule of trial and
      {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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Position \Po*si"tion\, v. t.
      To indicate the position of; to place. [R.] --Encyc. Brit.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Angle \An"gle\ ([acr][nsm]"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.
      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.
      4. (Astrol.) A name given to four of the twelve astrological
            [bd]houses.[b8] [Obs.] --Chaucer.
      5. [AS. angel.] A fishhook; tackle for catching fish,
            consisting of a line, hook, and bait, with or without a
                     Give me mine angle: we 'll to the river there.
                     A fisher next his trembling angle bears. --Pope.
      {Acute angle}, one less than a right angle, or less than
      {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
      {Facial angle}. See under {Facial}.
      {Internal angles}, those which are within any right-lined
      {Mixtilineal angle}, one formed by a right line with a curved
      {Oblique angle}, one acute or obtuse, in opposition to a
            right angle.
      {Obtuse angle}, one greater than a right angle, or more than
      {Optic angle}. See under {Optic}.
      {Rectilineal} or {Right-lined angle}, one formed by two right
      {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.
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