stance

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noun \ˈstan(t)s\

Definition of stance

  1. 1 chiefly Scotland a :  stationb :  site

  2. 2a :  a way of standing or being placed :  postureb :  intellectual or emotional attitude took an antiwar stance

  3. 3a :  the position of the feet of a golfer or batter preparatory to making a swingb :  the position of both body and feet from which an athlete starts or operates

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

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Definition of stance for English Language Learners

  • : a publicly stated opinion

  • : a way of standing


STANCE Defined for Kids

stance

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noun \ˈstans\

Definition of stance for Students

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



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