Definition of stance in English:

stance

Pronunciation: /stans//stɑːns/

noun

  • 1The way in which someone stands, especially when deliberately adopted (as in cricket, golf, and other sports); a person's posture.

    ‘she altered her stance, resting all her weight on one leg’
    • ‘For instance, some youngsters who struggle to play shots on the on-side adopt an open stance.’
    • ‘She stood in a defensive stance, not backing down from his stare, fists clenched at her sides.’
    • ‘I keep my stance simple, standing on the line of the crease with my feet a comfortable width apart.’
    • ‘He struggled until recently, when he evened out his stance and balanced his weight.’
    • ‘The boy put up his fists in a defensive fighting stance as thunder boomed in the distance.’
    • ‘He has even taken to adopting a putting stance that looks for all the world as though he is about to do the splits.’
    • ‘He sighed and took a step back from her, adopting a nonchalant stance as best he could.’
    • ‘Relaxing his shoulders, he took up an aggressive fighting stance.’
    • ‘This stance allows the defender to be on balance, to be strong and to be agile.’
    • ‘He is credited with inventing the southpaw stance in boxing.’
    • ‘Adopt a stance with the head erect, neither hanging down, nor looking up, nor twisted.’
    • ‘Adopt a stance where your feet are about nine inches apart, and point your toes slightly outward.’
    • ‘She took a solid stance, right hand hovering over the hilt as if ready to draw.’
    • ‘Some observers feel his stance has been too upright, causing him to struggle with outside pitches.’
    • ‘He instinctively adopted a fighting stance, almost daring these thugs to attack.’
    • ‘His body had already adopted the stance of a fighter.’
    • ‘In the second rounds, Simms switched to a southpaw stance, which paid quick dividends.’
    • ‘When adopting a stance, the bowler should be looking primarily for ease and comfort.’
    • ‘He explains how he never adopts exactly the same stance for any ball, just stands where he feels comfortable.’
    • ‘Three different stances may be adopted, which correspond to three different fighting styles - fast, medium, and strong.’
    posture, body position, pose, attitude, bearing
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    1. 1.1The attitude of a person or organization towards something; a standpoint.
      ‘the party is changing its stance on Europe’
      • ‘Voters who have turned to the Greens have done so for a range of reasons, not simply because of their stance on the environment.’
      • ‘I know there are a lot of people in the region who also respect his strong stance on family issues.’
      • ‘Authorities should assume an aggressive stance in screening money laundering and its related crimes.’
      • ‘A tough stance on crime should not be at the expense of innocent people losing their long-treasured liberties.’
      • ‘Earlier the party debated its new stance on law and order, or ‘tough Liberalism’.’
      • ‘The new administration favour a more hands-off stance in relation to global financial turbulence.’
      • ‘Her reticence, he surmises, was based on her conservative stance on social issues.’
      • ‘The company has drawn fire from labor groups, who say the company has an anti-union stance.’
      • ‘Writers on research ethics adopt different stances concerning the ethical issues that arise in connection with relationships between researchers and research participants.’
      • ‘In principle, many European countries adopt the stance that all lawful and serious agreements are contracts.’
      • ‘Patent litigation is expensive, and a large company can wear down almost anyone if it adopts a hard-line stance.’
      • ‘Ultimately, however, this film takes a stance on youthful rebellion that is as uncomfortable as it is unusual.’
      • ‘The party appear to have changed their stance on this matter.’
      • ‘His aggressive stance on social issues will surely warm the hearts of influential religious conservatives.’
      • ‘In this edition we asked all ten political candidates about their stance on waste management and refuse services.’
      • ‘In particular, his robust stance on discipline is very welcome.’
      • ‘However, street protests made the government reverse its stance on the privatization of water services.’
      • ‘Jacques Chirac thought he would take a tough stance on crime during this election campaign to assuage voters' fears and anxieties.’
      • ‘We hope the government will take a firm stance on the issue.’
      • ‘I once again implore that you reconsider your stance on this matter.’
  • 2Scottish A site on a street for a market, street vendor's stall, or taxi rank.

    • ‘The ideal location for a Street Trader's stance is a point where the pavement is much wider than usual or there is a suitable recess.’
    • ‘It may be that a young man or woman has stood at a certain stance over a period of years, and some other person poaches on the ground and tries to force them down the street.’
    site, place, spot, station
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  • 3Mountaineering
    A ledge or foothold on which a belay can be secured.

    • ‘After carefully stacking ropes for the double rap, he moved out to the stance to set lines and toss.’
    • ‘A single pitch route is one which is climbed without intermediate stances.’
    • ‘This course teaches you how to lead climb on natural protection and set up belays and stances.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting a standing place): from French, from Italian stanza.

Pronunciation:

stance

/stans//stɑːns/