posture

[pos-cher]
noun
1.
the relative disposition of the parts of something.
2.
the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole: poor posture; a sitting posture.
3.
an affected or unnatural attitude: He struck a comic posture.
4.
a mental or spiritual attitude: His ideas reveal a defensive posture.
5.
one's image or policy as perceived by the public, other nations, etc.: The company wants to develop a more aggressive marketing posture.
6.
position, condition, or state, as of affairs.
verb (used with object), postured, posturing.
7.
to place in a particular posture or attitude.
8.
to position, especially strategically: to posture troops along a border.
9.
to develop a policy or stance for (oneself, a company, government, etc.): The White House postured itself for dealing with the fuel crisis.
10.
to adopt an attitude or take an official position on (a matter): The company postured that the court's ruling could be interpreted as being in its favor.
verb (used without object), postured, posturing.
11.
to assume a particular posture.
12.
to assume affected or unnatural postures, as by bending or contorting the body.
13.
to act in an affected or artificial manner, as to create a certain impression.

Origin:
1595–1605; < French < Italian postura < Latin positūra. See posit, -ure

postural, adjective
posturer, noun


2. See position.
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posture (ˈpɒstʃə)
 
n
1.  a position or attitude of the limbs or body
2.  a characteristic manner of bearing the body; carriage: to have good posture
3.  the disposition of the parts of a visible object
4.  a mental attitude or frame of mind
5.  a state, situation, or condition
6.  a false or affected attitude; pose
 
vb
7.  to assume or cause to assume a bodily position or attitude
8.  (intr) to assume an affected or unnatural bodily or mental posture; pose
 
[C17: via French from Italian postura, from Latin positūra, from pōnere to place]
 
'postural
 
adj
 
'posturer
 
n

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posture
1605, from Fr. posture (16c.), from It. postura "position, posture," from L. positura "position, station," from postulus, pp. of ponere "put, place" (see position). The verb, in the fig. sense of "to take up an artificial mental position" is attested from 1877. Posturpedic
trademark name (Sealy, Inc., Chicago) for a brand of mattress, filed in 1951.
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postural pos·tur·al (pŏs'chər-əl)
adj.
Relating to or involving posture.

posture pos·ture (pŏs'chər)
n.

  1. A position of the body or of body parts.

  2. A characteristic or prescribed way of bearing one's body; carriage.

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