• Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
    Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj positive involving advantage or good "a plus (or positive) factor"
    • adj positive persuaded of; very sure "were convinced that it would be to their advantage to join","I am positive he is lying","was confident he would win"
    • adj positive marked by excessive confidence "an arrogant and cocksure materialist","so overconfident and impudent as to speak to the queen","the less he knows the more positive he gets"
    • adj positive having a positive charge "protons are positive"
    • adj positive impossible to deny or disprove "incontrovertible proof of the defendant's innocence","proof positive","an irrefutable argument"
    • adj positive formally laid down or imposed "positive laws"
    • adj positive characterized by or displaying affirmation or acceptance or certainty etc. "a positive attitude","the reviews were all positive","a positive benefit","a positive demand"
    • adj positive greater than zero "positive numbers"
    • adj positive reckoned, situated or tending in the direction which naturally or arbitrarily is taken to indicate increase or progress or onward motion "positive increase in graduating students"
    • adj positive indicating existence or presence of a suspected condition or pathogen "a positive pregnancy test"
    • adj positive of or relating to positivism "positivist thinkers","positivist doctrine","positive philosophy"
    • n positive a film showing a photographic image whose tones correspond to those of the original subject
    • n positive the primary form of an adjective or adverb; denotes a quality without qualification, comparison, or relation to increase or diminution
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

Three Positions of Hinges Three Positions of Hinges
Outline for arm positions, profile Outline for arm positions, profile
Outline for arm positions, full face Outline for arm positions, full face
Showing position of columns Showing position of columns
Showing position of columns and other features Showing position of columns and other features
Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nerve impulses for muscle position travel at a speed of up to 390 feet per second
    • Positive (Photog) A picture in which the lights and shades correspond in position with those of the original, instead of being reversed, as in a negative.
    • Positive (Photog) Corresponding with the original in respect to the position of lights and shades, instead of having the lights and shades reversed; as, a positive picture.
    • Positive Definitely laid down; explicitly stated; clearly expressed; -- opposed to implied; as, a positive declaration or promise. "Positive words, that he would not bear arms against King Edward's son."
    • Positive Derived from an object by itself; not dependent on changing circumstances or relations; absolute; -- opposed to relative; as, the idea of beauty is not positive, but depends on the different tastes individuals.
    • Positive (Vehicles) Designating a method of steering or turning in which the steering wheels move so that they describe concentric arcs in making a turn, to insure freedom from side slip or harmful resistance.
    • Positive (Mach. & Mech) Designating, or pertaining to, a device giving a to-and-fro motion; as, a positive dobby.
    • Positive (Mach. & Mech) Designating, or pertaining to, a motion or device in which the movement derived from a driver, or the grip or hold of a restraining piece, is communicated through an unyielding intermediate piece or pieces; as, a claw clutch is a positive clutch, while a friction clutch is not.
    • Positive (Chem) Electro-positive.
    • Positive Fully assured; confident; certain; sometimes, overconfident; dogmatic; overbearing; -- said of persons. "Some positive , persisting fops we know,
      That, if once wrong, will needs be always."
    • Positive Having a real position, existence, or energy; existing in fact; real; actual; -- opposed to negative. "Positive good."
    • Positive Having the power of direct action or influence; as, a positive voice in legislation.
    • Positive (Chem) Hence, basic; metallic; not acid; -- opposed to negative, and said of metals, bases, and basic radicals.
    • Positive Hence: Not admitting of any doubt, condition, qualification, or discretion; not dependent on circumstances or probabilities; not speculative; compelling assent or obedience; peremptory; indisputable; decisive; as, positive instructions; positive truth; positive proof. "'T is positive 'gainst all exceptions."
    • Positive Prescribed by express enactment or institution; settled by arbitrary appointment; said of laws. "In laws, that which is natural bindeth universally; that which is positive , not so."
    • Positive That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.
    • Positive That which settles by absolute appointment.
    • Positive (Gram) The positive degree or form.
    • Positive (Elec) The positive plate of a voltaic or electrolytic cell.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In his youth, United States president George W. Bush used to play for the Midland (Texas) Central Little League. He played the position of the catcher
    • positive Laid down as a proposition; affirmed; stated; express: as, a positive declaration.
    • positive Of an affirmative nature; possessing definite characters of its own; of a kind to excite sensation or be otherwise directly experienced; not negative. Thus, light is positive, darkness negative; man is positive, nonman negative.
    • positive Arbitrarily laid down; determined by declaration, enactment, or convention, and not by nature: opposed to natural. Thus, the phenomenon of onomatopœia shows that words are in some degree natural, and not altogether positive; so, positive law, positive theology. [This sense, the original one in Latin, is a translation of Greek θέσει.]
    • positive Imperative; laid down as a command to be followed without question or discretion: as, positive orders.
    • positive Unquestionable; indubitable; certain; hence, experiential.
    • positive Confident; fully assured.
    • positive Over-confident in opinion and assertion; dogmatic.
    • positive Actually or really officiating or discharging the duties of an office.
    • positive Not reversed. Greater than zero; not measured in a reversed direction: signifying the absence of such reversal.
    • positive Not comparative. Especially, in grammar, signifying a quality without an inflection to indicate comparison as to the intensity of that quality.
    • n positive That which settles by absolute appointment.
    • n positive That which is capable of being affirmed; reality.
    • n positive In grammar, the positive degree.
    • n positive In photography, a picture in which the lights and shades are rendered as they are in nature: opposed to negative. Positives are usually obtained by printing from negatives. See negative and photography.
    • n positive Same as positive organ.
    • positive Specifically, noting an oiling or lubricating device in which the oil is made to flow by pressure, due either to gravity or to pumping.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The substance that gives red wine and dark beer its color is said to have a positive effects on cholesterol and blood pressure
    • adj Positive poz′i-tiv definitely placed or laid down: clearly expressed: really existing: actual: not admitting of any doubt or qualification: decisive: settled by distinct appointment: arbitrarily prescribed, laid down—opp. to Natural: too confident in opinion: fully assured: certain: : : :
    • n Positive that which is placed or laid down: that which may be affirmed: reality: a positive picture—opp. to Negative
    • adj Positive poz′i-tiv (gram.) noting the simple form of an adjective—as Positive degree of comparison
    • adj Positive poz′i-tiv (math.) greater than zero, to be added, as Positive quantity
    • adj Positive poz′i-tiv (phot.) having the lights and shades in the picture the same as in the original, instead of being reversed
    • adj Positive poz′i-tiv (electr.) having a relatively high potential—opp. to Negative (q.v.)
    • ***


  • Edward Dahlberg
    “There is hardly a man on earth who will take advice unless he is certain that it is positively bad.”
  • Diamanda Galas
    Diamanda Galas
    “We are all HIV-positive.”
  • George Sand
    “Art is not a study of positive reality, it is the seeking for ideal truth.”
  • Zina Garrison
    Zina Garrison
    “A positive attitude can really make dreams come true -- it did for me.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you look for the positive things in life; you will find them.”
  • Ernest Renan
    “To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.”


Jockey for position - If a number of people want the same opportunity and are struggling to emerge as the most likely candidate, they are jockeying for position.
Pole position - If you're in pole position, you're in the best position to win or achieve something.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. positif, F. positif, L. positivus,. See Position
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. positivus, fixed by agreement—ponĕre, to place.


In literature:

Tide Bore and dangerous position of the Yawl.
"Discoveries in Australia, Volume 1." by J Lort Stokes
Perhaps he was just fencing, or even putting up a bluff in view of his own position.
"The Man in the Twilight" by Ridgwell Cullum
Maximilian, on the death of Mary, found himself in a very difficult position.
"History of Holland" by George Edmundson
The positive glow and the positive star are, in fact, the same.
"Experimental Researches in Electricity, Volume 1" by Michael Faraday
Such a position is called an interior position.
"Some Principles of Maritime Strategy" by Julian Stafford Corbett
The Boers took up their position in some kopjes in our line of march.
"With Rimington" by L. March Phillipps
The hook is shown in its raised position, which is the position required for talking.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1" by Kempster Miller
When the Boers were driven out of the Hlangwhane positions, they took up a new position facing S.E.
"A Handbook of the Boer War" by Gale and Polden, Limited
The plants from this sowing may be transferred to any sunny position, and will yield an abundant crop of peppers.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
Usually it will be necessary to shift our position several times until we find the proper position.
"Outdoor Sports and Games" by Claude H. Miller
On Monday, 23rd July, the enemy made a general attack on all the Boer positions, except Naauwpoort Pass.
"In the Shadow of Death" by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
It is asked, What have they got to do with our position?
"The Transvaal from Within" by J. P. Fitzpatrick
He had no capital in the firm, and as his schemes were rather revolutionary he was not in a position to press them.
"The Everlasting Arms" by Joseph Hocking
The salary was just enough to keep him in a position of respectable poverty.
"A Gamble with Life" by Silas K. Hocking
This position frequently occurs in the game, and we recommend it to the attention of the novice.
"Hoyle's Games Modernized"
In every instance the position sought the man.
"Sketches of Successful New Hampshire Men" by Various
While logic undertakes to assign the proper position to our brain, still it has to remember that nature has already assigned that position.
"The Positive Outcome of Philosophy" by Joseph Dietzgen
This bank lay about fifteen yards in rear of our forward position at this point.
"Thirty Canadian V. Cs., 23d April 1915 to 30th March 1918" by Theodore Goodridge Roberts
As far as position goes, there is nothing better, and I suppose he is rich enough to support you, though I do not know.
"Pietro Ghisleri" by F. (Francis) Marion Crawford
If I did I'd never have got to the position I have.
"The Great Airship." by F. S. Brereton

In poetry:

This is my ambition:
Not the greatest rhyme,
Not the first position
On the page of time--
"The Poem Speaks" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Shere Sing, the King, had taken up a position near the town,
And as he gazed upon the British Army he did frown;
But Lord Gough ordered the troops to commence the battle,
With sixty big guns that loudly did rattle.
"The Battle Of Gujrat" by William Topaz McGonagall
Then they prepared to attack the enemy,
And with wild battle-cries they attacked them vigorously;
And with one determined rush they ascended the hill,
And drove the Boers from their position sore against their will.
"The Battle of Glencoe" by William Topaz McGonagall
It appears he had a notion that his "breeding" and his "culture"
Would assure him some position as a sort of country squire;
And he built a little chalet in a pretty, fern-clad valley,
And prepared to squire it nobly in imported farm attire.
"Toolangi" by C J Dennis
Then with a ringing cheer, and at the word of command,
They bounded after their leaders, and made a bold stand;
And, dashing across the open ground with their officers at their head,
They drove the enemy from their position without any dread.
"The Storming of the Dargai Heights" by William Topaz McGonagall
Meanwhile, on the enemy's strong position Lord Roberts launched an attack,
And from their position they could hardly be driven back
Because the Afghans were hid amongst the woods and hills,
Still with undaunted courage, the British blood thrills.
"General Roberts in Afghanistan" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Experience positive at Aegean Grill, Port St Lucie's newest Greek restaurant.
The proper body position can help you ride faster, longer, and a lot more predictably.
The new Chinese leader seems to have a positive personal attitude towards the US, but how he may approach US relations is unclear.
Philadelphia, PA – Ever since the Cleveland Browns returned to the NFL for the 1999 season, they've been unable to find a long-term answer at the quarterback position.
A Bloomington-based agricultural cooperative is well positioned to head into the next growing season, even after the challenges of the 2012 drought.
McCann to take position on Jan 1, 2013 as Carl Schlicker retires.
Royal Ahold 's American division has split its EVP marketing and merchandising position in two, the company said.
A number of years ago when I was teaching in the public schools, a colleague of mine decided to give up his high school faculty position and move to a teaching position that was open at the middle school.
AVERY DENNISON RFID, Flowery Branch, GA, USA – Robert G van Schoonenberg has resigned from his position as secretary for the company, as well as from his position as executive vice president and chief legal officer.
If there is one position that is key to the spread offense, it's the wide receiver position and the No 20 Mississippi State Bulldogs has plenty of depth at the position.
How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America," a searing takedown of the "think positive "-ization of America.
Elon University produced enough positive moments to be in position to win its season finale, but became undone by enough wounding ones not to.
The position is a day shift position located in.
About This Position This position requires at least 3 years of diagnostic and interventional cath lab RN experience.
Actually, the coach seemed a lot more eager to discuss the positives than the negatives, and this was obviously the chief positive.

In science:

In that case, for a positive starting point x0 ≥ 0 we obtain the δ -dimensional Bessel process as the unique solution of Eq. (5.7), which stays positive and which is reflected to the positive half line at zero.
One-dimensional Stochastic Differential Equations with Generalized and Singular Drift
We say an operator A is semi-positive (or positive) definite if its corresponding matrix A is semi-positive (or positive) definite, that is, hu|ρ|ui ≥ 0 for |ui ∈ H (or hu|ρ|ui ≥ 0 for |ui ∈ H with equality only for |ui = 0).
Quantum Computation and Quantum Information
An affine root γ is positive if γ is positive on σ . A positive affine root is simple if Hγ defines a co dimension 1 facet of σ .
On Hecke algebras and simple supercuspidal representations for Sp(4,F)
This is impossible since conjugation of a positive complex structure (one for which the associated symmetric quadratic form is positive definite) produces another positive complex structure.
Symplectic Quantum Mechanics and Chern-Simons Gauge Theory I
Another shuffle that was studied in the early days, is the tran sposing neighbors shuffle, where at each time a position i ∈ [n − 1] in the deck is chosen uniformly and the card in that position is switched with the card in position i + 1 with probability 1/2.
Mixing times for the interchange process
We say that T is positive if T ∧ ϕ is a positive Radon measure for every form ϕ of bidegree (p, p) on M which is strongly positive.
Poincar\'e-Lelong formula, $J$-analytic subsets and Lelong numbers of currents on almost complex manifolds
It is worth noting that the set of positive maps is a convex set and can be described by its ‘extremal points’, in our case ‘extremal maps’. A positive map h is said to be extremal, when for any decomposition h = h1 + h2 , where h1 and h2 are positive maps, hi = λih, where λi ≥ 0 and λ1 + λ2 = 1.
Extremal extensions of entanglement witnesses and their connection with UPB
Moreover, it is positive, i.e., it maps positive operators to positive operators.
A positive formalism for quantum theory in the general boundary formulation
Though θ = π/4 spreads the distribution wide in position space, but the amplitude of the particle is largely concentrated on a small number of position space which are at the extreme points in the position space.
Disorder induced localization and enhancement of entanglement in one- and two-dimensional quantum walks
First let us remind some well-known definitions and statements. A matrix A is called non-negative (positive), if all its elements aij are nonnegative (positive). A nonnegative matrix A is called primitive if there exists such a natural number m, that the matrix Am is positive.
Generalized even and odd totally positive matrices
TrueRandomSequence[pos] marks the current position in the file with random data or, if the position pos is already marked, returns to this position in the file.
RandFile package for Mathematica for accessing file-based sources of randomness
One can define a positive element p of an operator algebra as one whose eigenvalues are positive in any representation, or more abstractly by requiring its spectrum (this is defined without appeal to any representation as {λ|(p − λ)−1 /∈ A}) to be contained in the positive real axis.
Large N Gauge Theory -- Expansions and Transitions
First, the contribution from any point in field space is positive: by definition, a positive L must have positive eigenvalues in any representation, and thus tr U (L) (for positive L) will be positive for any U .
Large N Gauge Theory -- Expansions and Transitions
In Figure 7, we indicate the number of positive partial sums in each successive linearization of a clockwise arrangement and underscore the positions that end positive partial sums.
The bricklayer problem and the Strong Cycle Lemma
All other positions have a non-positive partial sum ending at that position, but partial sums starting after it are positive.
The bricklayer problem and the Strong Cycle Lemma