Definition of Posture

1. Noun. The arrangement of the body and its limbs. "He assumed an attitude of surrender"

2. Verb. Behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others. "She postured and made a total fool of herself"
Exact synonyms: Pose
Generic synonyms: Acquit, Bear, Behave, Carry, Comport, Conduct, Deport
Specialized synonyms: Attitudinise, Attitudinize
Derivative terms: Pose, Pose

3. Noun. Characteristic way of bearing one's body. "Stood with good posture"
Exact synonyms: Bearing, Carriage
Generic synonyms: Bodily Property
Specialized synonyms: Manner Of Walking, Walk, Slouch, Gracefulness, Awkwardness, Clumsiness
Derivative terms: Bear, Carry, Postural

4. Verb. Assume a posture as for artistic purposes. "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"
Exact synonyms: Model, Pose, Sit
Category relationships: Art, Artistic Creation, Artistic Production
Generic synonyms: Display, Exhibit, Expose
Specialized synonyms: Ramp
Derivative terms: Model, Pose, Poser, Posing, Sitter, Sitting

5. Noun. A rationalized mental attitude.
Exact synonyms: Position, Stance
Generic synonyms: Attitude, Mental Attitude
Specialized synonyms: Hard Line, Point Of View, Stand, Standpoint, Viewpoint
Derivative terms: Stand

6. Noun. Capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war. "Politicians have neglected our military posture"

Definition of Posture

1. n. 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; especially (Fine Arts), the position of a figure with regard to the several principal members by which action is expressed; attitude.

2. v. t. 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.

3. v. i. To assume a particular posture or attitude; to contort the body into artificial attitudes, as an acrobat or contortionist; also, to pose.

Definition of Posture

1. Noun. The way a person holds and positions their body. ¹

2. Noun. A situation or condition. ¹

3. Noun. One's attitude or the social or political position one takes towards an issue or another person. ¹

4. Noun. (rare) The position of someone or something relative to another; position; situation. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) to put one's body into a posture or series of postures, especially hoping that one will be noticed and admired ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) to pretend to have an opinion or a conviction ¹

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Definition of Posture

1. to assume a particular position [v -TURED, -TURING, -TURES]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Posture

postural hypotension
posture (current term)

Literary usage of Posture

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

1. School Management: Including a Full Discussion of School Economy, School by Albert Newton Raub (1882)
"posture of Pupils.—Whether sitting or standing, the posture of the pupil should ... In general a graceful posture is easy, and an easy one is graceful and ..."

2. The Yoga-system of Patañjali: Or, The Ancient Hindu Doctrine of by Patañjali, Vyāsa, Vācaspatimiśra (1914)
"That arrangement in which one finds entire (sidhyati) stability and ease,—this is the posture that is stable-and- easy. This is the one from among these ..."

3. Gymnastic Teaching by William Skarstrom (1921)
"Moreover, once the balance in muscular tone is lost and faulty posture becomes habitual, the individual's habits of associated muscular action are also ..."

4. Health Education in Rural Schools by James Mace Andress (1919)
"CHAPTER XII posture AND HEALTH Only in the perfectly erect position of the body ... The seriousness of bad posture. Bad posture is too often regarded as a ..."

5. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1894)
"... posture, ether being the anaesthetic employed. He attributes this complication to " the specific effect of the ether plus the elevated position," and is ..."

6. The Gentleman's Magazine (1828)
"plan of my companion, but finding it so very steep, and not liking the hanging posture by one arm, I acted more securely, but was much longer about it; ..."

7. Macmillan's Magazine by David Masson, George Grove, John Morley, Mowbray Morris (1869)
"But with that remarkable tenacity of ecclesiastical usages, which retains particles of such usages when the larger part has disappeared, the ancient posture ..."

8. NATO's Future: Toward a New Transatlantic Bargain by Stanley R. Sloan (1995)
"NATO has never had the nonnuclear forces deployed in Central E,urope to support a deterrent posture balanced equally on strategic nuclear, theater nuclear, ..."

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