posture


posture
posture [päs′chər]
n.
[MFr < It postura < L positura, a position < ponere, to place: see POSITION]
1. the position or carriage of the body in standing or sitting; bearing
2. such a position assumed as in posing for an artist
3. the way things stand; condition with respect to circumstances [the delicate posture of foreign affairs]
4.
a) an attitude of mind; frame of mind
b) an attitude assumed merely for effect
5. an official stand or position, as that taken by a nation on a major issue
vt.
postured, posturing
to place in a particular posture; pose
vi.
to assume a bodily or mental posture; esp., to assume an attitude merely for effect; pose
postural
adj.
posturer
n.
SYN.- POSTURE refers to the habitual or assumed disposition of the parts of the body in standing, sitting, etc. [erect posture]; ATTITUDE refers to a posture assumed either unconsciously, as in manifesting a mood or emotion, or intentionally for carrying out a particular purpose [an attitude of watchfulness ]; POSE1 suggests a posture assumed, usually deliberately, as for artistic effect [to hold a pose for a photographer ]; STANCE refers to a particular way of standing, esp. with reference to the position of the feet, as in certain sports [the stance of a golfer ]

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