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POSTURE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does posture mean? 

POSTURE (noun)
  The noun POSTURE has 4 senses:

1. the arrangement of the body and its limbs
2. characteristic way of bearing one's body
3. a rationalized mental attitude
4. capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war

  Familiarity information: POSTURE used as a noun is uncommon.


POSTURE (verb)
  The verb POSTURE has 2 senses:

1. behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others
2. assume a posture as for artistic purposes

  Familiarity information: POSTURE used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


POSTURE (noun)


Sense 1posture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The arrangement of the body and its limbs

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

posture; attitude; position

Context example:

he assumed an attitude of surrender

Hypernyms ("posture" is a kind of...):

bodily property (an attribute of the body)

Attribute:

erect; upright; vertical (upright in position or posture)

unerect (not upright in position or posture)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "posture"):

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)

presentation ((obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal)

pose (a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes)

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)

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)


Sense 2posture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic way of bearing one's body

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

posture; carriage; bearing

Context example:

stood with good posture

Hypernyms ("posture" is a kind of...):

bodily property (an attribute of the body)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "posture"):

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)


Sense 3posture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rationalized mental attitude

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

stance; posture; position

Hypernyms ("posture" is a kind of...):

attitude; mental attitude (a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "posture"):

hard line (a firm and uncompromising stance or position)

point of view; stand; standpoint; viewpoint (a mental position from which things are viewed)


Sense 4posture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

military capability; military posture; military strength; strength; posture

Context examples:

we faced an army of great strength / politicians have neglected our military posture

Hypernyms ("posture" is a kind of...):

capability; capableness (the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "posture"):

sea power (naval strength)

firepower ((military) the relative capacity for delivering fire on a target)


POSTURE (verb)


Sense 1posture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

posture; pose

Context examples:

Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers! / She postured and made a total fool of herself

Hypernyms (to "posture" is one way to...):

acquit; bear; behave; carry; comport; conduct; deport (behave in a certain manner)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "posture"):

attitudinise; attitudinize (assume certain affected attitudes)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 2posture [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Assume a posture as for artistic purposes

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

posture; pose; model; sit

Context example:

We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often

Hypernyms (to "posture" is one way to...):

display; exhibit; expose (to show, make visible or apparent)

Domain category:

art; artistic creation; artistic production (the creation of beautiful or significant things)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "posture"):

ramp (be rampant)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


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