\ ˈstan(t)s How to pronounce stance (audio) \

Definition of stance

1 chiefly Scotland

a : station
b : site
2a : a way of standing or being placed : posture
b : intellectual or emotional attitude took an antiwar stance
3a : the position of the feet of a golfer or batter preparatory to making a swing
b : the position of both body and feet from which an athlete starts or operates

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The conservative stance taken by the NRC cost the industry a lot of money. WSJ, "Give the NRC Credit, It Is Doing Its Job Well," 17 Apr. 2019 With Trump now occupying a position on retirement programs to the left of Obama’s, the Democratic stance has shifted to the left of Trump, and now essentially all Democrats support one form or another of expanding these programs. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Paul Ryan is leaving Congress in the most fitting way possible," 30 Nov. 2018 People close to the mission disagree with the official stance, however. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "NASA says it wants to save the Mars Opportunity rover, but some close to the mission doubt it," 31 Aug. 2018 So what are the key takeaways from the new laissez-faire stance? Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Brainstorm Health: Mobile Health Apps, Doctor Burnout, Trump's Pfizer Attack," 9 July 2018 Contrary to the authors’ claims, most voters across both parties are also at odds with the president’s stance on immigration, taxes and gun control. WSJ, "Democrats Really Do Own Education Reform," 20 Mar. 2019 The bug didn't get a starring role in the Herbie the Love Bug movies because of its low, sneering stance. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The VW Beetle Is Dead Because They Made It Too Good," 13 Sep. 2018 Land in a split stance with your left foot forward and your right leg back, ensuring that your feet remain shoulder-width apart. Yolanda Edwards, Condé Nast Traveler, "Super Trainer Kayla Itsines on Staying in Shape at 35,000 Feet," 23 July 2018 Getty Images Sports Illustrated Swim's Instagram page also posted a photograph of Martin standing with Aria in a wide-legged power-stance—illuminated by her gold bikini, her smile, her daughter's presence—smiling at the camera as Aria clings to her. Zoe Harris, Marie Claire, "Mara Martin Breastfed on Sports Illustrated's Catwalk and Women Everywhere Are Applauding Her," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of stance

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stance

Middle English stance, staunce, from Middle French estance position, posture, stay, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *stantia, from Latin stant-, stans, present participle of stare to stand

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English Language Learners Definition of stance

: a publicly stated opinion
: a way of standing


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Kids Definition of stance

: way of standing : posture … he positioned my body for the perfect ski stance.— Ann M. Martin, Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation

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