An illustration of the types of bad posture and good posture while sitting in a chair.
An example of posture is standing straight.
- the position or carriage of the body in standing or sitting, often, specif., with respect to the proper alignment of the back, shoulders, and head
- such a position assumed as in posing for an artist
- the way things stand; condition with respect to circumstances: the delicate posture of foreign affairs
- an attitude of mind; frame of mind
- an attitude assumed merely for effect
- an official stand or position, as that taken by a nation on a major issue
Origin of postureMiddle French from Italian postura from Classical Latin positura, a position from ponere, to place: see position
transitive verb-·tured, -·tur·ing
- a. A position of a person's body or body parts: a sitting posture; the posture of a supplicant.b. A characteristic way of bearing one's body; carriage: stooped posture.
- Zoology A position of an animal's body or body parts, especially for the purpose of communication: a dog's submissive posture.
- Relative placement or arrangement: the posture of the buildings on the land.
- A condition or state under certain circumstances: the nation's posture in the world economy.
- a. An attitude or way of behaving, especially when adopted to have an effect on others: assumed a posture of angry defiance.b. An approach or policy with regard to something: adjusting the government's defense posture.
verbpos·tured, pos·tur·ing, pos·tures
- To assume a certain, often exaggerated body position; pose.
- To assume a certain attitude or behave in a certain way, especially to make an impression or gain an advantage: “They postured as Southern Loyalists to win the support of ex-Confederates” ( James M. Smallwood )
- Zoology To assume a certain position of the body or of body parts, often as part of a display.
- To put into a specific posture; pose: The photographer postured the model.
- To place in a certain arrangement or condition: an army that was postured for defense.
Origin of postureFrench from Italian postura from Latin positūra position from positus past participle of pōnere to place ; see apo- in Indo-European roots.
- pos′tur·er pos′tur·ist
(third-person singular simple present postures, present participle posturing, simple past and past participle postured)
- (intransitive) to put one's body into a posture or series of postures, especially hoping that one will be noticed and admired
- If you're finished posturing in front of the mirror, can I use the bathroom now?
- (intransitive) to pretend to have an opinion or a conviction
- The politicians couldn't really care less about the issue: they're just posturing for the media.
- To place in a particular position or attitude; to pose.
- to posture oneself; to posture a model