• WordNet 3.6
    • n situation a job in an organization "he occupied a post in the treasury"
    • n situation physical position in relation to the surroundings "the sites are determined by highly specific sequences of nucleotides"
    • n situation a condition or position in which you find yourself "the unpleasant situation (or position) of having to choose between two evils","found herself in a very fortunate situation"
    • n situation the general state of things; the combination of circumstances at a given time "the present international situation is dangerous","wondered how such a state of affairs had come about","eternal truths will be neither true nor eternal unless they have fresh meaning for every new social situation"- Franklin D.Roosevelt"
    • n situation a complex or critical or unusual difficulty "the dangerous situation developed suddenly","that's quite a situation","no human situation is simple"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

An Uncomfortable Situation 107 An Uncomfortable Situation 107
Cherubino takes the Chair at a small Meeting. A De Risky situation Cherubino takes the Chair at a small Meeting. A De Risky situation

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Some octopuses have been known to eat their arms off when they are exposed to stressful situations
    • Situation Manner in which an object is placed; location, esp. as related to something else; position; locality site; as, a house in a pleasant situation .
    • Situation Permanent position or employment; place; office; as, a situation in a store; a situation under government.
    • Situation Position, as regards the conditions and circumstances of the case. "A situation of the greatest ease and tranquillity."
    • Situation Relative position; circumstances; temporary state or relation at a moment of action which excites interest, as of persons in a dramatic scene. "There's situation for you! there's an heroic group!"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Despite the fact that Madagascar is situated about 300 miles off the Eastern African coast, the majority of it's population is from Indonesia which is 3000 miles further East.
    • n situation Local position; location.
    • n situation The place which a person or thing occupies.
    • n situation Position with reference to circumstances; set of relations; condition; state.
    • n situation A group of circumstances; a posture of affairs; specifically, in theatrical art, a crisis or critical point in the action of a play.
    • n situation A post of employment; a subordinate office; a place in which one works for salary or wages.
    • n situation Settlement; occupation.
    • n situation Synonyms and Site, station, post.
    • n situation Case, plight; situation is relation to external objects; state and condition refer to what a person or thing is inwardly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The phrase "raining cats and dogs" originated in 17th Century England. During heavy downpours of rain, many of these poor animals unfortunately drowned and their bodies would be seen floating in the rain torrents that raced through the streets. The situation gave the appearance that it had literally rained "cats and dogs" and led to the current expression.
    • ns Situation the place where anything is situated: position: temporary state: condition: any group of circumstances, a juncture: a critical point in the action of a play or the development the plot of a novel: office, employment
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  • Frederick W. Robertson
    Frederick W. Robertson
    “It is not the situation that makes the man, but the man who makes the situation.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Confidence is the feeling you have before you understand the situation.”
  • Simone De Beauvoir
    “When an individual is kept in a situation of inferiority, the fact is that he does become inferior.”
  • Charles Churchill
    Charles Churchill
    “Genius is independent of situation.”
  • Maxwell Maltz
    “Close scrutiny will show that most crisis situations are opportunities to either advance, or stay where you are.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “Impossible situations can become possible miracles.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. situatio,: cf. F. situation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Low L. situatus—L. situĕre, to place.


In literature:

Their moral code was suitable to their situation.
"An Inquiry into the Permanent Causes of the Decline and Fall of Powerful and Wealthy Nations." by William Playfair
The vital fact of the situation was that the immense moral and spiritual forces of the Church remained on the side of the king.
"The History of England" by T.F. Tout
Where is Milan situated?
"A Catechism of Familiar Things; Their History, and the Events Which Led to Their Discovery" by Benziger Brothers
"The History of Sumatra" by William Marsden
The King saw at once what would be his situation, between the jaws of France, Austria, and Russia.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
At present, particularly, my situation is unfavorable to the desire I feel, of promoting their views.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
There are three situations in which the gun-boat may be.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Its situation is surely among the most whimsical in existence.
"A Bibliographical, Antiquarian and Picturesque Tour in France and Germany, Volume Three" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
Here was a peculiar situation.
"Gordon Craig" by Randall Parrish
Balboa, chafing beneath a situation which must have been keenly distressing to him, was suspected by Pedrarias, and arrested.
"South America" by W. H. Koebel

In poetry:

What is it gains fowk invitations,
Throo them at live i' lofty stations?
What is it wins mooast situations?
It's sooap.
"What Is It?" by John Hartley
Beautiful Ancient City of Perth,
One of the grandest on the earth,
With your stately mansions and streets so clean,
And situated between two Inches green,
Which are most magnificent to be seen
"The Beautiful City of Perth" by William Topaz McGonagall
What's in all this grand life and high situation,
And nary pink nor hollyhawk a-bloomin' at the door--?
Le's go a-visitin' back to Griggsby's Station--
Back where we ust to be so happy and so pore!
"Griggsby's Station" by James Whitcomb Riley
Lord Melville's Monument is most elegant to be seen,
Which is situated in St. Andrew's Square, amongst shrubberies green,
Which seems most gorgeous to the eye,
Because it is towering so very high.
"Beautiful Edinburgh" by William Topaz McGonagall
As soon as Miss Mouat found she was alone,
Her mind became absorbed about her friends at home;
As her terrible situation presented itself to her mind,
And her native place being quickly left far behind.
"The Wreck of the 'Columbine'" by William Topaz McGonagall
The old town of Leith is situated at the junction of the River of Leith,
Which springs from the land of heather and heath;
And no part in the Empire is growing so rapidly,
Which the inhabitants of Leith are right glad to see.
"The Ancient Town of Leith" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Human factor issues took center stage at the Abnormal Situation Management ( ASM ) Consortium Meeting on Monday, where Quarterly Review Meeting (QRM) members dicussed automation solutions designed to be simpler and more intuitive to use.
I have a situation in which several departments need to be able to create files in the same folder.
Some day when we laugh at the war in Iraq, "In the Gray Area" can be the basis for a television situation comedy.
This weekend, downtown will host a number of events that are expected to make parking a tricky situation.
The EPA says it will continue to monitor the situation.
The situation tracks back to the 1981 air traffic controller strike.
A man is in police custody after a barricade situation in downtown Laurel Wednesday night, WTOP reports.
Police deal with barricade situation.
The situation in Kurdistan has taken a tragic turn.
New technology on board will help drivers avoid dangerous situations.
"I love the mayor, but this is a very dangerous situation," Paterson told John Gambling on WOR.
Every Saturday I will put females in odd situations to determine if the guy is a keeper or creeper .
"I can't think of a more pathetic situation for an actor than to do a film and not connect to it," Irrfan Khan says.
The situation I'm on Capitol Hill at Café Presse with 24-year-old Alexandra Niedzialkowski, founder and frontwoman of the pop-rock band Cumulus .
The situation I'm on Capitol Hill at Café Presse with 24-year-old Alexandra Niedzialkowski, founder and frontwoman of the pop-rock band Cumulus.

In science:

Although there are many gedankenexperiments showing that the GSL holds in particular semiclassical situations, a general proof of the GSL in semiclassical gravity will help to clarify the situation in quantum gravity.
A proof of the generalized second law for rapidly-evolving Rindler horizons
In our present system the situation is even worse because, as we will see later, the replica partition function growth here as exp(N 3 ) at large N , and in this situation its analytic continuation from integer to non integer N would be rather problematic point.
Universal Randomness
In this paper, we consider the situation where the coin matrices used to update the coin variable depend on the time step in a random fashion, that is a situation of temporal disorder.
Random Time-Dependent Quantum Walks
We shall see in Section 5.7, Theorem 11 that the additive structure forces on us scalars that are normalized only in trivial situations and therefore forces on us preparations that are not normalized, in any non-trivial situation.
Concrete Foundations for Categorical Quantum Physics
It only makes sense to talk about ρ ≤ 1, although in any useful situation we will require ρ to be small (close to 0) so it is only of real importance that the bound is good in this situation.
Von Neumann Normalisation of a Quantum Random Number Generator