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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 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 True, the subcompact Kicks’ high stance and body styling evoke a crossover SUV. Al Haas,, "Nissan's Kicks is a cute, useful hatchback, not a crossover," 5 July 2018 Notably, its title and editorial stance conspicuously avoided diagnosis, and instead focused on the issue of dangerousness. Leonard L. Glass, STAT, "The Goldwater rule is broken. Here’s how to fix it," 28 June 2018 Those people include general manager Jed Hoyer, who was firm in his stance that a decision would come no later than after Thursday’s game. Mark Gonzales,, "Next start for Cubs' Yu Darvish depends on Thursday bullpen session," 27 June 2018 Standing in an athletic stance, and hold the handle against your chest with both hands facing sideways to the band or cable. Jason Wanlass, idahostatesman, "Embrace the benefits of resistance tubing for a well-rounded workout," 22 June 2018 In the face of this confusion within Trump’s base, his stance of using the children as hostages makes a certain amount of sense. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Why Trump Is Using Hostage Tactics on Family Separation," 18 June 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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