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alignment

noun align·ment \ə-ˈlīn-mənt\

Definition of ALIGNMENT

1
:  the act of aligning or state of being aligned; especially :  the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts (as of a mechanical or electronic device) in relation to each other
2
a :  a forming in line
b :  the line thus formed
3
:  the ground plan (as of a railroad or highway) in distinction from the profile
4
:  an arrangement of groups or forces in relation to one another <new alignments within the political party>

Variants of ALIGNMENT

align·ment also aline·ment \ə-ˈlīn-mənt\

Examples of ALIGNMENT

  1. The school has to bring its programs into alignment with state requirements.
  2. New alignments have been created within the political party.

First Known Use of ALIGNMENT

1790

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ALINEMENT Defined for Kids

alignment

noun align·ment \ə-ˈlīn-mənt\

Definition of ALIGNMENT for Kids

:  the state of being arranged in a line or in proper position <The machine was not working properly because its parts were out of alignment.>

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