What does alignment mean?

Definitions for alignment
əˈlaɪn məntalign·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alliance, coalition, alignment, alinementnoun

    an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty

  2. alignmentnoun

    the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines

  3. conjunction, alignmentnoun

    (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac

  4. alignmentnoun

    the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other


  1. alignmentnoun

    An arrangement of items in a line.

  2. alignmentnoun

    The process of adjusting a mechanism such that its parts are aligned; the condition of having its parts so adjusted.

  3. alignmentnoun

    An alliance of factions.

  4. alignmentnoun

    The conjunction of two celestial objects.

  5. alignmentnoun

    The precise route or course taken by a linear way (road, railway, footpath, etc.) between two points.

  6. alignmentnoun

    In a roleplaying game, one of a set number of philosophical attitudes a character can take.

  7. Etymology: alignement


  1. alignment

    Alignment is the arrangement or positioning of something in a straight line or in correct relative positions. It can also refer to a state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, countries and etc. with a common cause or viewpoint. In computing, it refers to the proper arrangement of data in memory to improve access times and overall system performance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alignmentnoun

    the act of adjusting to a line; arrangement in a line or lines; the state of being so adjusted; a formation in a straight line; also, the line of adjustment; esp., an imaginary line to regulate the formation of troops or of a squadron

  2. Alignmentnoun

    the ground-plan of a railway or other road, in distinction from the grades or profile

  3. Etymology: [F. alignement.]


  1. Alignment

    The Alignment was an alliance of the major left-wing parties in Israel between the 1960s and 1990s. It was established in 1965 as an alliance of Mapai and Ahdut HaAvoda but was dissolved three years later when the two parties and Rafi formally merged into the Israeli Labor Party. In 1969 a new party known as the Alignment was established through an alliance of the Israeli Labor Party and Mapam, at the time holding 63 Knesset seats, the only party ever to have held an absolute majority of seats in the Knesset.

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Alignment

    The placing in or occupying of the same straight line. The bearings of a shaft in dynamos, engines, and other machinery have to be in accurate alignment.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. alignment

    An imaginary line, drawn to regulate the order of a squadron.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. alignment

    A formation in straight lines, for instance, the alignment of a battalion means the situation of a body of men when drawn up in line. The alignment of a camp signifies the relative position of the tents, etc., so as to form a straight line from given points.

Editors Contribution

  1. alignment

    The act and process of aligning.

    The alignment was perfect everyone had chosen a unity government and it is manifesting everywhere.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 19, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of alignment in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of alignment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of alignment in a Sentence

  1. Atul Gawande:

    People have priorities besides just living longer, we have to ask that, but we don't ask. ... The result is the care we provide is not in alignment with their priorities.

  2. Wendelin Thoenes:

    The question is not whether the money will be invested, but if it will be invested sensibly, therefore it is important that there is proper alignment of interest between GPs and LPs.

  3. Michael Shifter:

    There will be greater alignment between the United States and Brazil on some global issues.

  4. Joanna Adams:

    It's going to be a huge. It's like an alignment of the stars.

  5. Hassan Abu Haniyah:

    The regional financing it used to get has weakened and the loss of its leaders has brought this new alignment driven not by ideology but on strengthening its internal structure.

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Translations for alignment

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  • انحيازArabic
  • подравняванеBulgarian
  • justeringDanish
  • Aneinanderreihung, Justierung, Fraktion, Gruppierung, Parteiengemeinschaft, Konjunktion, gerader Streckenverlauf, Zusammenschluss, Einstellung, Allianz, Abgleich, Aufreihung, Ausrichtung, KonstellationGerman
  • ευθυγραμμίαGreek
  • alineamiento, alineaciónSpanish
  • تراز دلخواهPersian
  • konjunktio, ojennus, linjaus, kohdistaminenFinnish
  • alignement, conjonction, ajustage, itinéraire linéaire, allianceFrench
  • Gratia diei et noctisLatin
  • opstellingDutch
  • alinhamento, aliançaPortuguese
  • регулировка, выравниваниеRussian
  • inpassningSwedish
  • hizalanmaTurkish
  • căn chỉnhVietnamese
  • 对准Chinese

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