po·si·tion /pəˈzɪʃən/ 名詞
偏位; 離位; "斷開"位置
位置; 部位; 地位; 定位
Po·si·tion v. t. To indicate the position of; to place. [R.]
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.
n 1: the particular portion of space occupied by a physical
object; "he put the lamp back in its place" [syn: place]
2: a point occupied by troops for tactical reasons [syn: military
3: a way of regarding situations or topics etc.; "consider what
follows from the positivist view" [syn: view, perspective]
4: position or arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he
assumed an attitude of surrender" [syn: 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]
6: a job in an organization; "he occupied a post in the
treasury" [syn: post, berth, office, spot, billet,
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: spatial relation]
8: the appropriate or customary location; "the cars were in
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 or location
[syn: placement, location, locating, positioning,
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]
12: an item on a list or in a sequence; "in the second place";
"moved from third to fifth position" [syn: place]
13: a rationalized mental attitude [syn: stance, posture]
14: an opinion that is held in opposition to another in an
argument or dispute; "there are two sides to every
question" [syn: side]
15: the function or position properly or customarily occupied or
served by another; "can you go in my stead?"; "took his
place"; "in lieu of" [syn: stead, place, lieu]
16: the act of positing; an assumption taken as a postulate or
v 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, lay]