I. noun Etymology: Middle French, from Italian postura, from Latin positura, from positus, past participle of ponere to place — more at position Date: circa 1586 1. a. the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose <
erect posture
b. the pose of a model or artistic figure 2. state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances <
maintain a competitive posture in the market
3. a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude II. verb (postured; posturing) Date: circa 1645 transitive verb to cause to assume a given posture ; pose intransitive verb 1. to assume a posture; especially to strike a pose for effect 2. to assume an artificial or pretended attitude ; attitudinizeposturer noun

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  • posture — Posture. s. f. L estat & la situation où se tient le corps, la maniere dont on tient son corps, sa teste, ses bras, ses jambes, &c. Posture commode, incommode, libre, contrainte, indecente, ridicule, grotesque. voilà un homme qui est dans une… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • posture — n 1 Posture, attitude, pose denote a position assumed by the body, or the disposition of the parts of the body with relation to one another. Posture applies to the relative arrangement of the different parts of the body. It may apply to a… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • posture — [päs′chər] n. [MFr < It postura < L positura, a position < ponere, to place: see POSITION] 1. the position or carriage of the body in standing or sitting; bearing 2. such a position assumed as in posing for an artist 3. the way things… …   English World dictionary

  • 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;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Posture — or posturing may refer to:;In humans * Neutral spine or good posture * Human position * Abnormal posturing, in neurotrauma * Posturography, in neurology * Posture and Occupational Health;In biology * water conservation posture (or position) in… …   Wikipedia

  • Posture — Pos ture (?; 135), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Postured}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Posturing}.] 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. Howell …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Posture — Pos ture, v. i. 1. To assume a particular posture or attitude; to contort the body into artificial attitudes, as an acrobat or contortionist; also, to pose. [1913 Webster] 2. Fig.: To assume a character; as, to posture as a saint. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • posture — I (attitude) noun air, aspect, bearing, bent, cast, demeanor, disposition, disposition of mind, feeling, inclination, leaning, lie, manner, nature, opinion, outlook, partisan outlook, philosophy, point of view, pose, position, presence, sentiment …   Law dictionary

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