posture

Definitions

  • Different Postures for Approaching the King
    Different Postures for Approaching the King
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v posture assume a posture as for artistic purposes "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"
    • v posture behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others "Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!","She postured and made a total fool of herself"
    • n posture characteristic way of bearing one's body "stood with good posture"
    • n posture the arrangement of the body and its limbs "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
    • n posture capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war "we faced an army of great strength","politicians have neglected our military posture"
    • n posture a rationalized mental attitude
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Posture Fig.: To assume a character; as, to posture as a saint.
    • Posture Place; position; situation. "His [man's] noblest posture and station in this world."
    • Posture State or condition, whether of external circumstances, or of internal feeling and will; disposition; mood; as, a posture of defense; the posture of affairs. "The several postures of his devout soul."
    • Posture The position of the body; the situation or disposition of the several parts of the body with respect to each other, or for a particular purpose; especially Fine Arts, the position of a figure with regard to the several principal members by which action is expressed; attitude. "Atalanta, the posture of whose limbs was so lively expressed . . . one would have sworn the very picture had run.""In most strange postures We have seen him set himself.""The posture of a poetic figure is a description of his heroes in the performance of such or such an action."
    • Posture To assume a particular posture or attitude; to contort the body into artificial attitudes, as an acrobat or contortionist; also, to pose.
    • v. t Posture To place in a particular position or attitude; to dispose the parts of, with reference to a particular purpose; as, to posture one's self; to posture a model.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n posture Position; situation; condition; state: as, the posture of public affairs.
    • n posture The disposition of the several parts of anything with respect to one another, or with respect to a particular purpose; especially, position of the body as a whole, or of its members; attitude; pose.
    • n posture Disposition; attitude of mind.
    • n posture Synonyms Position, Posture, Attitude, Pose. These words agree in expressing the manner of standing, sitting, lying, etc. The first three may be used in a figurative sense: as, my position on that question is this; his attitude was one of hostility to the measure. Position is the most general word, and is applicable to persons or things. Posture is generally natural, and may be awkward. Attitude is generally studied for the sake of looking graceful; hence it is sometimes affected, the practice of it being then called attitudinizing. An attitude is often taken intentionally for the purpose of imitation or exemplification; generally attitude is more artistic than posture. Posture is generally used of the whole body; attitude has more liberty in referring to the parts of the body, especially the head; but position is more common in such cases. Pose is now confined to artistic positions, taken generally for effect, of part or the whole of a body or representation of a body, as a statue or a picture.
    • posture To place; set.
    • posture To place in a particular attitude; dispose for a particular purpose.
    • posture To dispose the body in a particular posture or attitude; put one's self in an artificial posture; specifically, to contort one's self.
    • posture To assume an artificial position of the mind or character; change the natural mental attitude; hence, to be affected; display affectation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Posture pos′tūr the placing or position of the body, esp. of the parts of it with reference to each other: attitude: state or condition: disposition of mind
    • v.t Posture to place in a particular manner
    • v.i Posture to assume an affected manner
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Use non-verbal communication to SOFTEN the hard-line position of others: S = Smile O = Open Posture F = Forward Lean T = Touch E = Eye Contact N = Nod.”
  • Ted W. Engstrom
    Ted W. Engstrom
    “We must expect to fail... but fail in a learning posture, determined no to repeat the mistakes, and to maximize the benefits from what is learned in the process.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. positura, fr. ponere, positum, to place. See Position

Usage

In literature:

But when he viewed the posture of the allies near Masy, he changed his resolution and retired in the night without noise.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II. From William and Mary to George II." by Tobias Smollett
Bad posture is common among sedentary people.
"How to Live" by Irving Fisher and Eugene Fisk
The knocking below did not rouse him from this posture, nor the creaking of feet on the stairs.
"The Blue Pavilions" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
They do so, glad to escape from a posture whose restraint is exceedingly irksome.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Leo placed Oblooria behind him, and, being unarmed, threw himself into a pugilistic posture of defence.
"The Giant of the North" by R.M. Ballantyne
When I saw him, he held a candle in this obsequious posture.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Restricted to Prose, Vol. IV (of X)--Great Britain and Ireland II" by Various
Margery threw her worn figure into a singular posture.
"Prisoners of Hope" by Mary Johnston
Davis was shot through the body, and suffering dreadfully, able to move only in an upright posture.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
In this posture his companions left him.
"Folk-Lore and Legends: North American Indian" by Anonymous
She struggled into a sitting posture and began to work at the knots.
"Prairie Flowers" by James B. Hendryx
In this uneasy posture, despite the intense cold, I continued to sleep soundly during the greater part of the night.
"The Frozen Pirate" by W. Clark Russell
Behind the arrangements of words, confusion strikes a posture of guilt, strikes a posture of innocence.
"Erik Dorn" by Ben Hecht
Lucian says that he was an actor of pantomime, so supple that he could assume various postures.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
She was sitting in a most dignified posture to receive me, and her looks were anything but inviting.
"Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers" by Various
A lad with half a leg hanging and placed by two bearers on a stretcher, rose from a lying posture as the Royal Guernseys passed.
"Norman Ten Hundred" by A. Stanley Blicq
There were images in a sitting posture and some standing erect.
"An Explorer's Adventures in Tibet" by A. Henry Savage Landor
He dragged Winslow to a standing posture.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
Le Cochon had been assisted to a sitting posture, sullen, revengeful, with murder in his black heart.
"Mlle. Fouchette" by Charles Theodore Murray
The subchiefs and Yuara, with slight smiles, relaxed in various postures.
"The Pathless Trail" by Arthur O. (Arthur Olney) Friel
From the position of the skulls and bones it was evident these bodies had been buried in a sitting posture.
"Burial Mounds of the Northern Sections of the United States" by Cyrus Thomas
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In poetry:

Lost in a maze of wandering thoughts
He sits unmoving there;
That posture and that look proclaim
The stupor of despair.
"A Prisoner in a Dungeon Deep" by Anne Bronte
In Life's long sickness evermore
Our thoughts are tossing to and fro:
We change our posture o'er and o'er,
But cannot rest, nor cheat our woe.
"Sixteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Dull lions prone on a watery beach.
The universe kneels at the swamp
to curiously eye its own raw
postures of decay
in the mirror of human consciousness.
"Notes On Vision" by James Douglas Morrison
Again what I felt, when in languishing posture
You heard from another the tale that he loved,
'Twas a pang so sublim'd, of such exquisite torture,
As tyrants inflict not, nor victims have prov'd.
"The Reply" by Charlotte Dacre
And then he reads from paper and book,
In a low and husky asthmatic tone,
With the stolid sameness of posture and look
Of one who reads to himself alone;
And hour after hour on my senses come
That husky wheeze and that dolorous hum.
"The Demon Of The Study" by John Greenleaf Whittier
- Ah! sir, our worshipped posture we perchance
Shall not abandon, though we see not how,
Being to that lamp-post fixed, we may advance
Beside our lords in any real degree,
Unless we move: and to advance is now
A sovereign need, think more than we.
"A Ballad Of Fair Ladies In Revolt" by George Meredith

In news:

Posturing Over Islands Could Mean China , Japan Showdown.
Did you know that improving your core can also help your posture and overall back health.
Their mantra of "I will not compromise on my principles" as they posture for the cameras reveals their collective "pinheadedness".
Just like almost anything else in politics, a convention serves mainly for posturing.
Posturing Over Islands Could Mean China, Japan Showdown.
Public posturing continues, while tight circle of aides work behind the scenes.
Good Posture, Less Injury Stay healthy with exercises to stand up straight.
Here, just in time for the holidays, are four convenient, space-saving innovations and the timeless gifts of flexibility and postural alignment.
Like you, I can't help but read and listen to the political posturing taking place these days as we head in to this year's pivotal elections.
With little to show after a month of posturing, the White House and Republicans in Congress dropped hints on Thursday that they had resumed low-level private talks on breaking the stalemate over the.
Sea otters often float at the water's surface, lying on their backs in a posture of serene repose.
It's a sad posture I've been placed in.
Political posturing as debt limit deadline looms.
Proper posture is important to keep your body and muscles feeling good.
Instead, practice postures like Navasana (Boat Pose) and Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (Leg Lifts) to strengthen the lower abdominals, which are most important in supporting the lower back and pelvis.
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In science:

The red skeletons describe postures which could not be held without falling.
Integration of a Balanced Virtual Manikin in a Virtual Reality Platform aimed at Virtual Prototyping
We want to avoid such situations which correspond to unfeasible postures.
Integration of a Balanced Virtual Manikin in a Virtual Reality Platform aimed at Virtual Prototyping
Attention and the control of posture and gait: A review of an emerging area of research.
Effect of rhythmic auditory cueing on gait stability during treadmill walking: an experimental study in healthy individuals
Mechanics of posture and gait of some large dinosaurs.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
Brachiosaurus would seem particularly unsuited to such a posture.
Aspects of the history, anatomy, taxonomy and palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs
For the probability space approach, “Delayed random walk” is recently proposed and has been applied to model human posture controls.
Oscillatory correlation of delayed random walks
Karlsson A and Lanshammar H: "Analysis of postural sway strategies using an inverted pendulum model and force plate data".
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Lauk M et al.: "Human balance out of equilibrium: Nonequilibrium statistical mechanics in posture control".
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
Peterka R J: "Postural control model interpretation of stabilogram diffusion analysis".
Review of Nonlinear Methods and Modelling
The kinematic design of redundant spherical wrists under isotropy conditions is the subject of this paper. A manipulator is called isotropic if its Jacobian matrix can attain isotropic values at certain postures [1,6]. A matrix, in turn, is called isotropic if its singular values are all identical and nonzero.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
Abstract: A spherical wrist of the serial type is said to be isotropic if it can attain a posture whereby the singular values of its Jacobian matrix are all identical and nonzero.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
Upon discarding those algebraic solutions that yield no new wrists, we end up with exactly eight distinct architectures, the eight corresponding manipulators being displayed at their isotropic posture.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
The kinematic design of redundant spherical wrists under isotropy conditions is the sub ject of this paper. A manipulator is call isotropic if its Jacobian matrix can attain isotropic values on certain postures . A matrix, in turn, is called isotropic if its singular values are all identical and nonzero.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
The corresponding wrists, at their isotropic postures, being displayed in Figs. 2a–h.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
Furthermore, upon elimination of the solutions leading to repeated wrists, we are left with only eight distinct isotropic wrists, whose Denavit-Hartenberg parameters were computed and displayed, the corresponding wrists having been displayed at their isotropic postures.
The Computation of All 4R Serial Spherical Wrists With an Isotropic Architecture
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