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Meaning of position by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From French position, from Latin positio ( “a putting, position” ), from ponere, past participle positus ( “to put, place” ); see ponent. Compare apposition, composition, deposition; see pose .


    • ( US, UK ) IPA: /pəˈzɪʃən/, X-SAMPA: /p@."zI.S@n/
    • Rhymes: -ɪʃən


    position ( plural: positions ) ( abbreviated as posish )

    1. A place or location .
    2. A post of employment; a job .
    3. A status or rank .
      Chief of Staff is the second-highest position in the army .
    4. An opinion, stand, or stance .
      My position on this issue is unchanged .
    5. A posture .
      Stand in this position, with your arms at your side .
    6. ( team sports ) A place on the playing field, together with a set of duties, assigned to a player .
      Stop running all over the field and play your position!
    7. ( finance ) An amount of securities or commodities held by a person, firm, or institution .
      Strong earnings have bolstered the company's financial position .


    position ( third-person singular simple present positions present participle positioning, simple past and past participle positioned )

    1. To put into place.


    External links

    • position in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • position in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of position by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. put into a certain place or abstract location

    2. cause to be in an appropriate place, state, or relation

    1. the act of positing

    2. a job in an organization

    3. the post or function properly or customarily occupied or served by another

    4. the role assigned to an individual player

    5. what position does he play?
    6. the act of putting something in a certain place

    7. the spatial property of a place where or way in which something is situated

    8. the position of the hands on the clock
    9. the arrangement of the body and its limbs

    10. a rationalized mental attitude

    11. a way of regarding situations or topics etc .

    12. an item on a list or in a sequence

    13. moved from third to fifth position
    14. an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute

    15. the particular portion of space occupied by something

    16. the appropriate or customary location

    17. the cars were in position
    18. a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons

    19. a condition or position in which you find yourself

    20. the unpleasant situation ( or position ) of having to choose between two evils
    21. the relative position or standing of things or especially persons in a society

    22. atheists do not enjoy a favorable position in American life

    Definition of position by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Position 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.

    2. Position v. t. To indicate the position of; to place. [R.] Encyc. Brit.