Meaning of ALIGNMENT in English

ALIGNMENT

/ əˈlaɪnmənt; NAmE / noun [ U , C ]

1.

arrangement in a straight line :

A bone in my spine was out of alignment .

2.

political support given to one country or group by another :

Japan's alignment with the West

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WORD ORIGIN

late 18th cent.: from French alignement , from aligner , from à ligne into line.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.