Posture Pos"ture (?; 135), n. [F., fr. L. positura, fr. ponere, positum, to place. See {Position}.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Atalanta, the posture of whose limbs was so lively expressed . . . one would have sworn the very picture had run. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

In most strange postures We have seen him set himself. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The posture of a poetic figure is a description of his heroes in the performance of such or such an action. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Place; position; situation. [Obs.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

His [man's] noblest posture and station in this world. --Sir M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

3. State or condition, whether of external circumstances, or of internal feeling and will; disposition; mood; as, a posture of defense; the posture of affairs. [1913 Webster]

The several postures of his devout soul. --Atterbury. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Attitude; position. See {Attitude}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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