Re alignment

alignment

[uh-lahyn-muhnt]
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:
1780–90; align + -ment; replacing earlier alignement < French

nonalinement, noun
realignment, noun
self-alignment, noun
self-alinement, noun
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alignment (əˈlaɪnmənt)
 
n
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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alignment
1790, from Fr. alignement, M.Fr. from aligner (see align)
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