- Position is how a person or thing is placed or an opinion or where a person or thing is located in relation to others.
- 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 arranged; attitude; posture; disposition: in a sitting 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.