- The definition of alignment is an arrangement of objects in a way that makes a line or row.
The position of members in a marching band is an example of alignment.
- Alignment is defined as parts of something that are in the proper position relative to each other.
Adjusting the front wheels on a car is an example of a front-end alignment.
alignment definition by Webster's New World
- an aligning or being aligned; esp.,
- arrangement in a straight line
- a condition of close cooperation: a new alignment of European nations
- a line or lines formed by aligning
- Engineering a ground plan, as of a fieldwork, railroad, etc.
alignment definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Arrangement or position in a straight line or in parallel lines.
- a. The process of adjusting parts so that they are in proper relative position: A set of gears needs periodic alignment.b. The condition of having parts so adjusted: Binocular lenses that are out of alignment will yield a double image.
- A ground plan: Blueprints for the building included an alignment and a profile.
- The act of aligning or the condition of being aligned.
- An arrangement or alliance of groups: a new alignment of factions in the party.
- Sports a. An arrangement or positioning of players: a defensive alignment.b. The grouping or positioning of teams, as in a conference or league.
alignment - Computer Definition
(1) Arranging data to line up with a required format on a screen or printed form.
(2) Arranging data in memory in increments of the fundamental "word size" of the computer in order to improve response times. Although memory may be wasted such as a one-byte variable taking up four bytes to conform to a 32-bit word, data are accessed faster when stored within word boundaries. While only nanoseconds are saved with each byte of memory retrieved, programmers create numerous counters to keep track of internal operations that collectively may be accessed millions of times per second. In the x86 PC world, data alignment in memory is important for parallel multimedia operations (see SSE). See word.