• WordNet 3.6
    • n alignment the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other
    • n alignment the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines
    • n alignment (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac
    • n alignment an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alignment The act of adjusting to a line; arrangement in a line or lines; the state of being so adjusted; a formation in a straight line; also, the line of adjustment; esp., an imaginary line to regulate the formation of troops or of a squadron.
    • Alignment (Engin) The ground-plan of a railway or other road, in distinction from the grades or profile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alignment a laying out by a line: arrangement of soldiers in a line or lines: the ground-plan of a railway or road
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  • Angela Carter
    “I think it's one of the scars in our culture that we have too high an opinion of ourselves. We align ourselves with the angels instead of the higher primates.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. alignement,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. aligner—L. ad, and linea, a line.


In literature:

From one corner of his mouth, aligned with his twisted nose, protruded long, expensive-looking cigar.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
Damis carefully aligned the red rod on the Viceregal palace.
"Giants on the Earth" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
Much the same alignment is found in the Carolinas.
"Union and Democracy" by Allen Johnson
Some of them moved as if in alignment.
"The Book of the Damned" by Charles Fort
Seven large and small isolated conical and domed hills stood in perfect alignment from N.N.E.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
This alignment made the leaders of the combined opposition sanguine of victory.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
Over against her chair the porters were aligned in a great semicircle, tribe by tribe.
"Sacrifice" by Stephen French Whitman
The banks and the merchants were thus pretty much aligned on one side.
"Laramie Holds the Range" by Frank H. Spearman
Soon it was standard speed with everybody in proper alignment again.
"The U-boat hunters" by James B. Connolly
Again they aligned and came thundering down.
"The Bishop of Cottontown" by John Trotwood Moore

In poetry:

O harp and altar, of the fury fused,
(How could mere toil align thy choiring strings!)
Terrific threshold of the prophet's pledge,
Prayer of pariah, and the lover's cry,—
"To Brooklyn Bridge" by Harold Hart Crane

In news:

In both his political education and political identity, Portman is much more closely aligned with the 41st president than with the 43rd.
The most powerful leaders work in alignment with who they are and their life's purpose.
When we run, the glutes hold our pelvis level and steady, extend our hip, propel us forward, and keep our legs, pelvis, and torso aligned.
We've all experienced those moments when the planets aligned, everything went our way, and we were on top of the world.
" Ahmed unsheathed his Model 1903 "quill-backed" bayonet, aligned it properly with the muzzle and bayonet lug, pulling downward to snap the bayonet in place.
Aligning chemicals labeling with global rules involves major efforts.
Two planets align with harvest moon .
Two planets align with harvest moon.
Aligning the centerlines of rotation between a motor and pump may severely misalign the motor with respect to its own base.
90 Degrees Makes It Right The following pre-putt alignment routine is one that I developed with Patrick Burke and teach to each of my students.
HMO which anticipates expansion under the federal healthcare reform law seeks agency for re-brand as it feels current identity "may be too specifically aligned with governmentally-supported health programs to be attractive…".
Three American presidents have set the stage for a grand diplomatic bargain that could align the interests of the world's leading powers in Europe and the Middle East.
Why psychological science is relevant to policy debates—and what policies might look like if they were better aligned with human nature.
Today the Fort Lauderdale mayor is aligned with the Christian right.
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres has a bit in her stand-up routine about yoga, being in full lotus position, chakras aligned, looking out of her third eye.

In science:

Our test is based on the BIC statistic, and bases the misalignment or alignment of a system on the ratio of the values of the BIC for the free λ case and the aligned case.
Rossiter-McLaughlin Effect Measurements for WASP-16, WASP-25 and WASP-31
When a fluctuation takes the rod away from the aligned or anti-aligned state and moves it into the unstable region of the flow the mean shear makes the rod flip.
Orientation of non-spherical particles in an axisymmetric random flow
Simply, the orientation vector of the particle fluctuates randomly, but the orientations aligned and anti-aligned with the axis of symmetry of the flow are much more probable than the other orientations.
Orientation of non-spherical particles in an axisymmetric random flow
To date, a number of theoretical inspiral-merger-ringdown (IMR) waveform models exist for non-spinning binaries and configurations where the spin angular momentum is either aligned or anti-aligned with the orbital angular momentum (a summary of these models is given in Ref. ).
Towards models of gravitational waveforms from generic binaries: A simple approximate mapping between precessing and non-precessing inspiral signals
Hence, in order to obtain quadrupole-aligned Weyl scalar modes, one has to construct the precessing modes first and then transform them into the quadrupole-aligned counterparts.
Towards models of gravitational waveforms from generic binaries: A simple approximate mapping between precessing and non-precessing inspiral signals