Meaning of ALIGNMENT in English

ALIGNMENT

noun

also aline·ment -nmənt

( -s )

Etymology: French alignement, from Middle French, from aligner + -ment

1. : the act of aligning or state of being aligned

2.

a. : a forming in line (as of troops)

b. : the line thus formed ; specifically : an arrangement of soldiers in a line or lines

3. : the ground plan (as of a railroad or fieldwork) in distinction from the profile

4.

a. : the condition of being properly aligned : the condition of being in satisfactory adjustment or of having the parts in proper relative position

b. : the correct positioning of printed characters in horizontal lines and vertical columns

5. dancing : the reference of body movement to a vertical axis or directive horizontal line

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