posture

1 of 2

noun

pos·​ture ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio)
1
a
: the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose
erect posture
b
: the pose of a model or artistic figure
2
: state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances
maintain a competitive posture in the market
3
: a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

posture

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verb

postured; posturing

transitive verb

: to cause to assume a given posture : pose

intransitive verb

1
: to assume a posture
especially : to strike a pose for effect
2
: to assume an artificial or pretended attitude : attitudinize
posturer noun

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The Latin verb ponere, meaning "to put" or "to place," had a role in putting quite a few English terms into place, including component, dispose, expose, impose, oppose, posit, position, positive, postpone, and, yes, posture. The past participle of ponerepositus—gave Latin the noun positura, which has the same meaning as the English noun posture. Positura passed through Italian and Middle French and was finally adopted by English speakers as posture in the late 16th century. The verb posture later developed from the noun, finding its place in English at around the midpoint of the 17th century.

Examples of posture in a Sentence

Noun Human beings have an upright posture. a good upright posture will prevent backaches
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
It is made of premium polyethylene resin for extreme durability and is designed with ergonomic principles, ensuring a comfortable and relaxing lounge chair posture. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 13 July 2024 The next installment of Sweat With SELF’s new Pilates series focuses on posture—specifically, strengthening and stretching key areas in your back, shoulders, and core. Christa Sgobba, SELF, 10 July 2024
Verb
In Levin park, Parham has photographed the hawks vocalizing, posturing handsomely and in one grisly instance — captured with dramatic, Caravaggio-like shadows — ripping apart a hapless ground squirrel. John Metcalfe, The Mercury News, 6 July 2024 Her zookeeper was able to model how to posture the baby for future well checks. Emilee Coblentz, USA TODAY, 11 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for posture 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position

First Known Use

Noun

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1645, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of posture was circa 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Posture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posture. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

posture

1 of 2 noun
pos·​ture ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio)
1
: the position of one part of the body with relation to other parts : the general way of holding the body
2
: a particular condition or state
a country's defense posture
postural
-chə-rəl
adjective

posture

2 of 2 verb
postured; posturing
: to take a particular posture : pose

Medical Definition

posture

noun
pos·​ture ˈpäs-chər How to pronounce posture (audio)
1
: the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose
erect posture
2
: a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

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