posture


posture
posture n 1 Posture, attitude, pose denote a position assumed by the body, or the disposition of the parts of the body with relation to one another.
Posture applies to the relative arrangement of the different parts of the body. It may apply to a habitual or characteristic arrangement and then specifically means the way in which one holds oneself and refers to one's physical carriage or bearing
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her posture is excellent

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pictures illustrating defects of posture

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examples of correct posture

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an urbane alertness about the face, the postureWouk

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or it may apply to an arrangement determined with reference to the needs of the mood or the moment and then requires qualification
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a sitting posture

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a kneeling posture

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the posture of supplication

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his whole figure had a prowling and half-crouching postureWolfe

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or the assistance of the context to evoke a picture of how the parts of the body are disposed or to reveal the intention or end
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there's a posture for a man to fight in! His weight isn't resting on his legs— Shaw

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Attitude applies chiefly to a posture that is unconsciously expressive or is intentionally assumed, often as a result of a particular mood or state of mind
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they slipped into the embassy ... so wary, so frightened and in such attitudes of wrongdoing— Cheever

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uttering platitudes in stained-glass attitudesGilbert

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Pose applies to an attitude or to a position of some part or parts of the body which is assumed for the sake of effect, or which, if unconscious, strikes the observer as effective or as affected
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the pose of a model

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the lofty pose of her head expressed an habitual sense of her own consequence— Shaw

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his pose was easy and graceful. A superb self- confidence radiated from him— Gibbons

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Analogous words: *bearing, deportment, mien
2 situation, *state, condition, mode, status
Analogous words: *position, stand, attitude: readiness, quickness, promptness (see corresponding adjectives at QUICK)

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  • posture — [ pɔstyr ] n. f. • 1566; it. postura 1 ♦ Didact. Attitude particulière du corps. ⇒ position. ♢ Cour. Attitude peu naturelle ou peu convenable. Dans une posture comique. Changer de posture. « Quand il était las de cette posture, il se levait »… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • posture — Posture. s. f. L estat & la situation où se tient le corps, la maniere dont on tient son corps, sa teste, ses bras, ses jambes, &c. Posture commode, incommode, libre, contrainte, indecente, ridicule, grotesque. voilà un homme qui est dans une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 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… …   English World dictionary

  • Posture — Pos ture (?; 135), n. [F., fr. L. positura, fr. ponere, positum, to place. See {Position}.] 1. The position of the body; the situation or disposition of the several parts of the body with respect to each other, or for a particular purpose;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Posture — or posturing may refer to:;In humans * Neutral spine or good posture * Human position * Abnormal posturing, in neurotrauma * Posturography, in neurology * Posture and Occupational Health;In biology * water conservation posture (or position) in… …   Wikipedia

  • Posture — Pos ture (?; 135), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Postured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Posturing}.] To place in a particular position or attitude; to dispose the parts of, with reference to a particular purpose; as, to posture one s self; to posture a model. Howell …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Posture — Pos ture, v. i. 1. To assume a particular posture or attitude; to contort the body into artificial attitudes, as an acrobat or contortionist; also, to pose. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To assume a character; as, to posture as a saint. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • posture — c.1600, from Fr. posture (16c.), from It. postura position, posture, from L. positura position, station, from postulus, pp. of ponere put, place (see POSITION (Cf. position)). The verb, in the figurative sense of to take up an artificial mental… …   Etymology dictionary

  • posture — [n1] stance, circumstance aspect, attitude, bearing, brace, carriage, condition, demeanor, deportment, disposition, mien, mode, phase, port, pose, position, positure, presence, set, situation, state; concepts 657,723 posture [n2] beliefs attitude …   New thesaurus

  • posture — I (attitude) noun air, aspect, bearing, bent, cast, demeanor, disposition, disposition of mind, feeling, inclination, leaning, lie, manner, nature, opinion, outlook, partisan outlook, philosophy, point of view, pose, position, presence, sentiment …   Law dictionary


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