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Webster 1913 Edition


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. [GREEK]) +
sinere
to leave, let, permit, place. See
Site
, and cf.
Composite
,
Compound
,
Verb.
,
Depone
,
Deposit
,
Expound
,
Impostor
,
Opposite
,
Propound
,
Pose
,
Verb.
,
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.

Po-si′tion

,
Verb.
T.
To indicate the position of; to place.
[R.]
Encyc. Brit.

Webster 1828 Edition


Position

POSI'TION

,
Noun.
[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.

Definition 2022


Position

Position

See also: position

German

Noun

Position f (genitive Position, plural Positionen)

  1. position

position

position

See also: Position

English

Noun

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.
  8. (arithmetic) A method of solving a problem by one or two suppositions; also called the rule of trial and error.
  9. (chess) The full state of a chess game at any given turn.

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Verb

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

  1. To put into place.
    • 26 June 2012, Simon Bowers in The Guardian, Tax crackdowns threaten Channel Islands' haven status
      While other small nations with large banking sectors, such as Iceland and Ireland, have been undone by their reckless lending practices, the debt-free Channel Islands have always positioned themselves as dependable repositories of riches.

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Most common English words before 1923: makes · laws · run · #540: position · copy · opened · purpose

Finnish

Noun

position

  1. Genitive singular form of positio.

French

Etymology

From Old French posicion, from Latin positio, positionem.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /po.zi.sjɔ̃/

Noun

position f (plural positions)

  1. position

Swedish

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Noun

position c

  1. a place, a location, a position. A description of where something is located with respect to the surroundings, e.g. the satellites of the GPS system.
  2. (team sports) a place on the playing field, together with a set of duties, assigned to a player.

Declension

Inflection of position 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative position positionen positioner positionerna
Genitive positions positionens positioners positionernas

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