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[stans] /stæns/
the position or bearing of the body while standing:
legs spread in a wide stance; the threatening stance of the bull.
a mental or emotional position adopted with respect to something:
They assumed an increasingly hostile stance in their foreign policy.
Sports. the relative position of the feet, as in addressing a golf ball or in making a stroke.
Origin of stance
1525-35; < Old French estance (standing) position < Vulgar Latin *stantia, derivative of Latin stant- (stem of stāns), present participle of stāre to stand Unabridged
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  • The stance is quite different from that which was adopted when the running-up shot was being played.

  • Her shoulders drooped a little; there was no grace to her stance.

    The Wind Bloweth Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
  • stance: The position of the player's feet when addressing himself to the ball.

  • There is nothing of my own discovery or invention in my stance for the drive.

  • I began to realize then that it was because of his stance, with the ball so very far back towards his right.

    Fifty Years of Golf Horace G. Hutchinson
British Dictionary definitions for stance


/stæns; stɑːns/
the manner and position in which a person or animal stands
(sport) the posture assumed when about to play the ball, as in golf, cricket, etc
general emotional or intellectual attitude: a leftist stance
(Scot) a place where buses or taxis wait
(mountaineering) a place at the top of a pitch where a climber can stand and belay
Word Origin
C16: via French from Italian stanza place for standing, from Latin stāns, from stāre to stand
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Word Origin and History for stance

1530s, "standing place, station," probably from Middle French stance "resting place, harbor," from Italian stanza "stopping place, station," from Vulgar Latin *stantia "place, abode," from Latin stans (genitive stantis), present participle of stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Sense of "position of the feet" (in golf, etc.) is first recorded 1897; figurative sense of "point of view" is recorded from 1956.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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