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position

4 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Position \Po*si"tion\, noun [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}, noun]

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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Position \Po*si"tion\, verb (used with an object) To indicate the position of; to place. [R.] --Encyc. Brit.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Angle \An"gle\ ([a^][ng]"g'l), noun [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

position

noun

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

verb

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}]

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