Definition of Alignment

1. Noun. An organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty.

2. Noun. The spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines.
Generic synonyms: Arrangement, Placement
Specialized synonyms: True
Derivative terms: Align

3. Noun. (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac.
Exact synonyms: Conjunction
Category relationships: Astronomy, Uranology
Generic synonyms: Encounter, Meeting
Specialized synonyms: Inferior Conjunction, Superior Conjunction

4. Noun. The act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other.
Generic synonyms: Adjustment, Readjustment, Registration
Specialized synonyms: Camber, Toe-in
Derivative terms: Align, Align

Definition of Alignment

1. n. 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.

Definition of Alignment

1. Noun. An arrangement of items in a line. ¹

2. Noun. The process of adjusting a mechanism such that its parts are aligned; the condition of having its parts so adjusted. ¹

3. Noun. An alliance of factions. ¹

4. Noun. (astronomy) The conjunction of two celestial objects. ¹

5. Noun. (transport) The precise route or course taken by a linear way (road, railway, footpath, etc.) between two points. ¹

6. Noun. (gaming) In a roleplaying game, one of a set number of philosophical attitudes a character can take. ¹

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Definition of Alignment

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Medical Definition of Alignment

1. 1. The longitudinal position of a bone or limb. 2. The act of bringing into line. 3. In dentistry, the arrangement of the teeth in relation to the supporting structures and the adjacent and opposing dentitions. Synonym: alinement. Origin: Fr. Aligner, to line up, fr. L. Linea, line (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Alignment

alignment (current term)
alignment chart
alignment charts
alignment curve
alignment diagram

Literary usage of Alignment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Systems for State Science Assessment by Mark R. Wilson, Meryl W. Bertenthal (2005)
"On the practical side, all existing alignment procedures are based on judgment. ... Thus, while alignment is widely regarded as essential in a ..."

2. Graphology and the Psychology of Handwriting by June Etta Downey (1919)
"B. alignment. I. Variations in alignment are also cor related by the ... Preyer, for example, fails to find serpentine alignment in the writing of many ..."

3. Maya City Planning and the Calendar by Anthony F. Aveni, Horst Hartung (1986)
"GENERAL alignment OF MAYA SITES On the map of the Yucatan peninsula (fig. 3), we indicate the facing directions of all 180 buildings at the eighty-one Maya ..."

4. Textbook of Applied Aeronautic Engineering by Henry Woodhouse (1920)
"CHAPTER XII alignment Fuselage alignment — Horizontal and vertical ... By the term aeroplane alignment is meant the art of truing up an aeroplane, ..."

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