Other forms: postures; posturing; postured

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.

Definitions of posture
  1. noun
    the arrangement of the body and its limbs
    synonyms: attitude, position
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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
    a reclining position (as in a bed)
    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
    a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes
    (obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal
    abnormal position of a part or organ (especially at the time of birth)
    (Hinduism) a posture or manner of sitting (as in the practice of yoga)
    a posture of defence in boxing or fencing
    sprawl, sprawling
    an ungainly posture with arms and legs spread about
    standing posture
    (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
    a particular way of positioning or arranging one’s body
    a position, as in gymnastics or diving, in which the legs are straight while the body is bent forward at the waist and the hands touch the feet or hold the calves
    position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose
    (Hinduism) a religious posture
    the stance assumed by a golfer in preparation for hitting a golf ball
    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
  2. noun
    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
    a stooping carriage in standing and walking
    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
    the property of moving with pain or difficulty
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    bodily property
    an attribute of the body
  3. noun
    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
    a viewpoint toward a city or other heavily populated area
    an extensive mental viewpoint
    angle, slant
    a biased way of looking at or presenting something
    a point of view or general attitude or inclination
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    attitude, mental attitude
    a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways
  4. verb
    behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
    “She postured and made a total fool of herself”
    synonyms: pose
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    attitudinise, attitudinize
    assume certain affected attitudes
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    acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport
    behave in a certain manner
  5. verb
    assume a posture as for artistic purposes
    synonyms: model, pose, sit
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    be rampant
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    display, exhibit, expose
    show; make visible or apparent
  6. noun
    capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war
    synonyms: military capability, military posture, military strength, strength
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    sea power
    naval strength
    (military) the relative capacity for delivering fire on a target
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    capability, capableness
    the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally




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