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alignment

[uh-lahyn-muh nt] /əˈlaɪn mənt/
noun
1.
an adjustment to a line; arrangement in a straight line.
2.
the line or lines so formed.
3.
the proper adjustment of the components of an electronic circuit, machine, etc., for coordinated functioning:
The front wheels of the car are out of alignment.
4.
a state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc., with a common cause or viewpoint.
5.
a ground plan of a railroad or highway.
6.
Archaeology. a line or an arrangement of parallel or converging lines of upright stones or menhirs.
Also, alinement.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; align + -ment; replacing earlier alignement < French
Related forms
nonalinement, noun
realignment, noun
self-alignment, noun
self-alinement, noun
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  • There may have been a warping of the door frame that caused the door to get out of alignment.
  • Instead, there is a misty-eyed alignment of the state with the public interest.
  • Their alignment also hinted at a spine connection typical of upright-walking primates-in other words, humans and human ancestors.
  • Set it on the top spacers to check alignment and squareness of the modules, then set aside.
  • Finally, once your wheels are mounted, check their alignment.
  • Ray said the solar alignment was probably designed for the ritual effect rather than any scientific purpose.
  • They are drawn to the specific focus of the program and the alignment of their chosen program with their career goals.
  • The alignment of the liquid crystals in the array controls the direction in which light is reflected from them.
  • In fact, the site's architecture is the result of centuries of careful construction and alignment.
  • These images were compromised by a mirror alignment problem.
British Dictionary definitions for alignment

alignment

/əˈlaɪnmənt/
noun
1.
arrangement in a straight line
2.
the line or lines formed in this manner
3.
alliance or union with a party, cause, etc
4.
proper or desirable coordination or relation of components
5.
a ground plan of a railway, motor road, etc
6.
(archaeol) an arrangement of one or more ancient rows of standing stones, of uncertain significance
7.
(psychol) integration or harmonization of aims, practices, etc within a group
8.
(psychol) identification with or matching of the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
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Word Origin and History for alignment
n.

1790, "arrangement in a line," from French alignement, from aligner (see align). Political sense is from 1933.

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