Stance Stance (st[a^]ns), n. [OF. estance. See {Stanza}.] 1. A stanza. [Obs.] --Chapman. [1913 Webster]

2. A station; a position; a site. [Scot.] --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

3. (Golf, Baseball) The position of a player's feet, relative to each other and to the ball, when he is making a stroke or at bat. [Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]

4. the mental attitude, position, or approach a person adopts in respect to something. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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