alignment

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noun align·ment \ ə-ˈlīn-mənt \
variants: or less commonly alinement

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

Examples of alignment in a Sentence

  1. The school has to bring its programs into alignment with state requirements.

  2. New alignments have been created within the political party.

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First Known Use of alignment

1742

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ALIGNMENT Defined for Kids

alignment

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noun align·ment \ ə-ˈlīn-mənt \

Definition of alignment for Students

: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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