- position [pə zish′ən]n.[MFr < L positio < positus, pp. of ponere, to place < * posinere < po-, away (< IE base * apo- > L ab, from, away) + sinere, to put, lay: see SITE]1. the act of positing, or placing2. a positing of a proposition; affirmation3. the manner in which a person or thing is placed or arranged; attitude; posture; disposition [in a sitting position]4. one's attitude toward or opinion on a subject; stand [his position on foreign aid]5. the place where a person or thing is, esp. in relation to others; location; situation; site [the ship's position]6. the usual or proper place of a person or thing; station [the players are in position]7. a location or condition in which one has the advantage [to jockey for position]8. a strategic military site9. a person's relative place, as in society; rank; status10. a place high in society, business, etc. [a man of position]11. a post of employment; office; job [to apply for a teaching position]12. Finance the long or short commitment of a market trader in securities or commodities13. Musica) the arrangement of the notes of a chord with respect to their relative closeness or distance apart [open position]b) any of the fixed locations on the fingerboard of a violin, etc. that the left hand assumes for fingering a particular series of notesc) any of the various points to which a trombone slide may be moved to change the pitchvt.1. to put into a particular position; place or station2. Rare to locatepositionaladj.positionern.SYN.- POSITION applies to any specific employment for salary or wages, but often connotes white-collar or professional employment; SITUATION now usually refers to a position that is open or to one that is desired [situation wanted as instructor ]; OFFICE refers to a position of authority or trust, especially in government or a corporation; a POST2 is a position or office that carries heavy responsibilities, esp. one to which a person is appointed; JOB1 is now the common, comprehensive equivalent for any of the preceding terms
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.