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Meaning of POSTURE

Pronunciation:  'pâschur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  characteristic way of bearing one's body; "stood with good posture"
  2. [n]  position or arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
  3. [n]  capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war; "we faced an army of great strength"; "politicians have neglected our military posture"
  4. [n]  a rationalized mental attitude
  5. [v]  as for artistic purposes; "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"

POSTURE is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: attitude, bearing, carriage, military capability, military posture, military strength, model, pose, position, position, sit, stance, strength
 See Also: asana, attitude, awkwardness, ballet position, bodily property, capability, capableness, clumsiness, decubitus, display, ectopia, eversion, exhibit, expose, firepower, gracefulness, guard, hard line, lithotomy position, lotus position, manner of walking, mental attitude, missionary position, order arms, presentation, ramp, sea power, slouch, sprawl, sprawling, stance, walk



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pos"ture\ (?; 135), n. [F., fr. L. positura, fr.
    ponere, positum, to place. See {Position}.]
    1. The position of the body; the situation or disposition of
       the several parts of the body with respect to each other,
       or for a particular purpose; especially (Fine Arts), the
       position of a figure with regard to the several principal
       members by which action is expressed; attitude.
             Atalanta, the posture of whose limbs was so lively
             expressed . . . one would have sworn the very
             picture had run.                      --Sir P.
             In most strange postures We have seen him set
             himself.                              --Shak.
             The posture of a poetic figure is a description of
             his heroes in the performance of such or such an
             action.                               --Dryden.
    2. Place; position; situation. [Obs.] --Milton.
             His [man's] noblest posture and station in this
             world.                                --Sir M. Hale.
    3. State or condition, whether of external circumstances, or
       of internal feeling and will; disposition; mood; as, a
       posture of defense; the posture of affairs.
             The several postures of his devout soul.
    Syn: Attitude; position. See {Attitude}.
  2. \Pos"ture\ (?; 135), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Postured}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Posturing}.]
    To place in a particular position or attitude; to dispose the
    parts of, with reference to a particular purpose; as, to
    posture one's self; to posture a model. --Howell.
  3. \Pos"ture\, v. i.
    1. To assume a particular posture or attitude; to contort the
       body into artificial attitudes, as an acrobat or
       contortionist; also, to pose.
    2. Fig.: To assume a character; as, to posture as a saint.
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