stance

noun \ ˈstan(t)s \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of stance

1 chiefly Scotland
a : station
b : site
2 a : a way of standing or being placed : posture
b : intellectual or emotional attitude
  • took an antiwar stance
3 a : 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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Origin and Etymology of 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


STANCE Defined for English Language Learners

stance

noun

Definition of stance for English Language Learners

  • : a publicly stated opinion

  • : a way of standing


STANCE Defined for Kids

stance

noun \ ˈstans \

Definition of stance for Students

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


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