Meaning of ALIGNMENT in English



Variant: also aline · ment

Pronunciation: ə - ' l ī n-m ə nt

Function: noun

Date: 1790

1 : the act of aligning or state of being aligned especially : the proper positioning or state of adjustment of parts (as of a mechanical or electronic device) in relation to each other

2 a : a forming in line b : the line thus formed

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

4 : an arrangement of groups or forces in relation to one another <new alignment s within the political party>

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.