The yellow cup is in the middle position.
- An example of position is sitting.
- An example of position is to be against the death penalty.
- An example of position is a cup between two other cups on a table.
- the act of positing, or placing
- a positing of a proposition; affirmation
- the manner in which a person or thing is placed or posed, or the manner in which parts are arranged [a dog in a sitting position]; specif., any of various customary postures assumed by an individual [the lotus position] or a couple [the missionary position]
- one's attitude toward or opinion on a subject; stand: his position on foreign aid
- the place where a person or thing is, esp. in relation to others; location; situation; site: the ship's position
- the usual or proper place of a person or thing; station: the players are in position
- a location or condition in which one has the advantage: to jockey for position
- a strategic military site
- a person's relative place, as in society; rank; status
- a place high in society, business, etc.: a man of position
- a post of employment; office; job: to apply for a teaching position
- Finance the long or short commitment of a market trader in securities or commodities
- the arrangement of the notes of a chord with respect to their relative closeness or distance apart: open position
- any of the fixed locations on the fingerboard of a violin, etc. that the left hand assumes for fingering a particular series of notes
- any of the various points to which a trombone slide may be moved to change the pitch
Origin of positionMiddle French from Classical Latin positio from positus, past participle of ponere, to place from an unverified form posinere from po-, away ( from Indo-European base an unverified form apo- from source Classical Latin ab, from, away) + sinere, to put, lay: see site
- to put into a particular position; place or station
- Rare to locate
- A place or location.
- a. The right or appropriate place: The bands are in position for the parade's start.b. A strategic area occupied by members of a force: The troops took up positions along the river.
- a. The way in which something is placed: the position of the clock's hands.b. The arrangement of body parts; posture: a standing position.c. In ballet, any of the five arrangements of the arms and feet in which the legs are turned out from the pelvis.
- An advantageous place or location: jockeys maneuvering for position.
- A situation as it relates to the surrounding circumstances: in a position to bargain.
- A point of view or attitude on a certain question: the mayor's position on taxes.
- Social standing or status; rank.
- A post of employment; a job.
- a. Sports The area for which a particular player is responsible.b. The arrangement of the pieces or cards at any particular time in a game such as chess, checkers, or bridge.
- a. The act or process of positing.b. A principle or proposition posited.
- a. A commitment to buy or sell a given amount of securities or commodities.b. The amount of securities or commodities held by a person, firm, or institution.c. The ownership status of a person's or institution's investments.
transitive verbpo·si·tioned, po·si·tion·ing, po·si·tions
- To put in place or position.
- To determine the position of; locate.
Origin of positionMiddle English posicioun from Old French posicion from Latin positiō positiōn- from positus past participle of pōnere to place ; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
position - Investment & Finance Definition
A trader’s or investor’s financial commitment to a particular security. A long position means that the person owns shares or futures contracts. A short position means that shares or contracts have been sold even though the trader does not own them.