posture

Posture is the way you position your body or arrange your limbs. So stand up straight, put your shoulders back, and lift that chin up.

Ballerinas have an elegant, graceful posture, and soldiers tend to display a rigid, strong posture. If you sit hunched over your desk every day you'll end up with terrible posture. This noun describes the way you carry yourself, but can also describe a certain body position you take, like the different postures in yoga. If you're accused of posturing though, that's a different story — that means you're behaving unnaturally to impress someone.

Primary Meanings of posture

1.
nv
the arrangement of the body and its limbs
behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
2.
n
capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
Full Definitions of posture
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n the arrangement of the body and its limbs

Synonyms:
attitude, position
Types:
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order arms
a position in the manual of arms; the rifle is held vertically on the right side with the butt on the ground; often used as a command
ballet position
classical position of the body and especially the feet in ballet
decubitus
a reclining position (as in a bed)
eversion
the position of being turned outward
lithotomy position
a position lying on your back with knees bent and thighs apart; assumed for vaginal or rectal examination
lotus position
a sitting position with the legs crossed; used in yoga
missionary position
a position for sexual intercourse; a man and woman lie facing each other with the man on top; so-called because missionaries thought it the proper position for primitive peoples
pose
a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes
presentation
(obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal
ectopia
abnormal position of a part or organ (especially at the time of birth)
asana
(Hinduism) a posture or manner of sitting (as in the practice of yoga)
guard
a posture of defence in boxing or fencing
sprawl, sprawling
an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about
stance
standing posture
tuck
(sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest
arabesque
position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose
matsyendra
(Hinduism) a religious posture
address
the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball
attention
a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review
erectness, uprightness
the property of being upright in posture
Type of:
bodily property
an attribute of the body

n characteristic way of bearing one's body

“stood with good posture
Synonyms:
bearing, carriage
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manner of walking, walk
manner of walking
slouch
a stooping carriage in standing and walking
gracefulness
beautiful carriage
awkwardness, clumsiness
the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are ungainly or inelegant
grace, gracility
elegance and beauty of movement or expression
agility, legerity, lightness, lightsomeness, nimbleness
the gracefulness of a person or animal that is quick and nimble
lissomeness, litheness, suppleness
the gracefulness of a person or animal that is flexible and supple
gracelessness, ungracefulness
an unpleasant lack of grace in carriage or form or movement or expression
gawkiness, ungainliness
the carriage of someone whose movements and posture are extremely ungainly and inelegant
stiffness
the property of moving with pain or difficulty
Type of:
bodily property
an attribute of the body

n a rationalized mental attitude

Synonyms:
position, stance
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hard line
a firm and uncompromising stance or position
point of view, stand, standpoint, viewpoint
a mental position from which things are viewed
cityscape
a viewpoint toward a city or other heavily populated area
landscape
an extensive mental viewpoint
angle, slant
a biased way of looking at or presenting something
complexion
a point of view or general attitude or inclination
Type of:
attitude, mental attitude
a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways

v behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

“She postured and made a total fool of herself”
Synonyms:
pose
Types:
attitudinise, attitudinize
assume certain affected attitudes
Type of:
acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
behave in a certain manner

v assume a posture as for artistic purposes

Synonyms:
model, pose, sit
Types:
ramp
be rampant
Type of:
display, exhibit, expose
to show, make visible or apparent
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n capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war

Synonyms:
military capability, military posture, military strength, strength
Types:
sea power
naval strength
firepower
(military) the relative capacity for delivering fire on a target
Type of:
capability, capableness
the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally

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