What does position mean?

Definitions for position
pəˈzɪʃ ənpo·si·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. position, placenoun

    the particular portion of space occupied by something

    "he put the lamp back in its place"

  2. military position, positionnoun

    a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons

  3. position, view, perspectivenoun

    a way of regarding situations or topics etc.

    "consider what follows from the positivist view"

  4. position, posture, attitudenoun

    the arrangement of the body and its limbs

    "he assumed an attitude of surrender"

  5. status, positionnoun

    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"

  6. position, post, berth, office, spot, billet, place, situationnoun

    a job in an organization

    "he occupied a post in the treasury"

  7. position, spatial relationnoun

    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"

  8. positionnoun

    the appropriate or customary location

    "the cars were in position"

  9. positionnoun

    (in team sports) the role assigned to an individual player

    "what position does he play?"

  10. placement, location, locating, position, positioning, emplacementnoun

    the act of putting something in a certain place

  11. situation, positionnoun

    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"

  12. position, stance, posturenoun

    a rationalized mental attitude

  13. side, positionnoun

    an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an argument or dispute

    "there are two sides to every question"

  14. place, positionnoun

    an item on a list or in a sequence

    "in the second place"; "moved from third to fifth position"

  15. stead, position, place, lieunoun

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

    "can you go in my stead?"; "took his place"; "in lieu of"

  16. positionverb

    the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or axiom

  17. positionverb

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

  18. put, set, place, pose, position, layverb

    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"


  1. positionnoun

    A place or location.

  2. positionnoun

    A post of employment; a job.

  3. positionnoun

    A status or rank.

    Chief of Staff is the second-highest position in the army.

  4. positionnoun

    An opinion, stand or stance.

    My position on this issue is unchanged.

  5. positionnoun

    A posture.

    Stand in this position, with your arms at your side.

  6. positionnoun

    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. positionnoun

    An amount of securities or commodities held by a person, firm or institution.

    Strong earnings have bolstered the company's financial position.

  8. positionverb

    To put into place.

  9. Etymology: From position, from positio, from ponere, past participle positus; see ponent. Compare apposition, composition, deposition; see pose.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Positionnoun

    Etymology: position, Fr. positio, Latin.

    Iron having stood long in a window, being thence taken, and by the help of a cork balanced in water, where it may have a free mobility, will bewray a kind of inquietude till it attain the former position. Henry Wotton.

    They are the happiest regions for fruits, by the excellence of soil, the position of mountains, and the frequency of streams. William Temple.

    Since no one sees all, and we have different prospects of the same thing, according to our different positions to it, it is not incongruous to try whether another may not have notions that escaped him. John Locke.

    By varying the position of my eye, and moving it nearer to or farther from the direct beam of the sun’s light, the colour of the sun’s reflected light constantly varied upon the speculum as it did upon my eye. Isaac Newton, Opticks.

    We have a different prospect of the same thing, according to the different position of our understandings toward it. Isaac Watts.

    Place ourselves in such a position toward the object, or place the object in such a position toward our eye, as may give us the clearest representation of it; for a different position greatly alters the appearance of bodies. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Of any offence or sin therein committed against God, with what conscience can ye accuse us, when your own positions are, that the things we observe should every one of them be dearer unto us than ten thousand lives. Richard Hooker.

    Let not the proof of any positions depend on the positions that follow, but always on those which go before. Isaac Watts.

    A fallacious illation is to conclude from the position of the antecedent unto the position of the consequent, or the remotion of the consequent to the remotion of the antecedent. Bro.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Positionnoun

    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

  2. Positionnoun

    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. Positionnoun

    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

  4. Positionnoun

    relative place or standing; social or official rank; as, a person of position; hence, office; post; as, to lose one's position

  5. Positionnoun

    a method of solving a problem by one or two suppositions; -- called also the rule of trial and error

  6. Positionverb

    to indicate the position of; to place

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Position

    po-zish′un, n. place, situation: attitude: a place taken or to be taken by troops: state of affairs: the ground taken in argument or in a dispute: principle laid down: place in society: method of finding the value of an unknown quantity by assuming one or more values (single, when one is assumed; double, when two).—v.t. Posit (poz′it), to place in right position or relation: to lay down as something true or granted.—adj. Posi′tional.—Strategic position, a position taken up by troops to check the movements of an enemy. [Fr.,—L.—ponĕre, positum, to place.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. position

    Ground (or water) occupied, or that may be advantageously occupied, in fighting order.

Editors Contribution

  1. position

    A specific place or location.

    The position was clearly indicated on the map.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 8, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'position' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #395

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'position' in Written Corpus Frequency: #651

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'position' in Nouns Frequency: #107

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'position' in Verbs Frequency: #956

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of position in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of position in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of position in a Sentence

  1. Attorney General Marty Jackley:

    It has always been my position that the citizens of our state should define marriage, and not the federal government, five members of the U.S. Supreme Court have now determined neither the States nor our citizens have the right or the ability to define marriage. Because we are a Nation of laws the State will be required to follow the Court's order.

  2. Zhao Lijian:

    China has repeatedly stated its position on the Palestine-Israel situation.

  3. Chuck Schumer:

    If Senate Republicans elevate such a partisan player to a position that requires intelligence expertise and non-partisanship, it would be a big mistake.

  4. The VA spokesman:

    Ms. Rubens is one of VBA’s most experienced and highly skilled senior leaders, having led the operations of VBA’s entire field organization for many years, in filling the position of the Director of the Philadelphia Regional Office, VA recognized that its very best leader was needed to address the complex challenges and issues faced by the office and its employees.

  5. Frans Timmermans:

    We've seen over the last couple of years that radical climate-change deniers have changed their position because the facts are so overwhelming. It's an untenable position, i would assume, as a politician myself, that Donald Trump is thinking about the next election and he's looking at American society. And if you see how much support there is in American society to act upon climate change, he's probably doing the math and thinking that if I want to be reelected, I have to take this seriously.

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