Definition of alignment in English:



  • 1Arrangement in a straight line, or in correct or appropriate relative positions.

    ‘the tiles had slipped out of alignment’
    • ‘Personal trainers that are worth their salt can spot poor alignment, correct it and make sure that you are doing the exercise properly.’
    • ‘York had the possession for most of the remainder of the half but poor passing, bad alignment and lack of straight running limited their progress against a side with an effective back row and powerful centres.’
    • ‘This was done to ensure correct alignment of secondary structure elements.’
    • ‘But it is increasingly thought that the positioning and spacing of these early teeth is crucial for the correct alignment and positioning of permanent teeth.’
    • ‘Ribblesdale urgently need to look at mobility of their back row and their back line's alignment and organisation.’
    • ‘However, new techniques, approaches, or technologies can upset this alignment or change the relative influence of complementors.’
    • ‘The front five are ultra-competitive in their basic roles, but elsewhere there is a desperate lack of penetration, in part due to some sloppy alignment and lack of positional sense.’
    • ‘‘It's releasing these lines of tension in order to encourage alignment in the structures of the body,’ he says.’
    • ‘Standing behind the mat before taking up the stance on the mat is a very good way to select the path of the bowl and gives a much more regular consistency of the intended path and correct body alignment.’
    • ‘They ensure that the patient's body is maintained in correct alignment during positioning and the procedure.’
    • ‘Lay the tiles row by row, always keeping a watchful eye for correct alignment along the working lines.’
    • ‘In addition to the aforementioned considerations, proper body positioning and alignment are crucial to the correct execution of these procedures.’
    • ‘Most golfers assume that if their toes are lined up parallel to the target line, their alignment is correct.’
    • ‘The problem of flat feet is chronic because it is a habit that occurs without any awareness of what is correct alignment for the feet.’
    • ‘The mirror features labels indicating the correct head position, stance widths, body alignment and ball position.’
    • ‘An initial ‘dry run’ to ensure correct alignment before the automated cutting process begins at the plasma cutter.’
    • ‘When exercising with a stability ball, it's important - for both positioning and alignment - that you choose the proper-sized ball.’
    • ‘In other words, these deep-layer abdominals are designed to minimize motion of the torso and back and correct positions that threaten sound alignment.’
    • ‘Be sure that your alignment is correct and you work through a full range of motion with each move.’
    • ‘This works by strengthening the core postural muscles of the body, rebalancing the body and bringing it into correct alignment which leads to a longer, leaner body.’
    arrangement, layout, geography, design, organization, order, ordering, array, presentation, grouping, sorting, positioning, disposition, marshalling, ranging, alignment
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    1. 1.1The act of aligning parts of a machine.
      ‘oil changes, lube jobs, and wheel alignments’
      • ‘In installing the wheels, proper wheel alignment is important so as not to sacrifice the tires' life and hence, the car's ride and handling.’
      • ‘However it only takes one bill for wheel alignment to bring about very slow driving over these bumps.’
      • ‘Just think of the auto parts industry that depends on broken wheels, bearings, and ruined wheel alignment.’
      • ‘Wheel alignment consists of adjusting the angles of the car wheels so that they are perpendicular to the road or the ground and are parallel to each other.’
      • ‘Looking at the state of the roads, the council would have to guarantee a free wheel alignment to any Queenslander who dared venture down this way.’
      • ‘It will advise riders to check tyre tread every week and have the wheels balanced and alignment checked if the wear is uneven.’
      • ‘A standard optical alignment and fastening machine that can be used for all optical devices will greatly simplify automation.’
      • ‘In cases of misalignment caused by the rear wheel being not in the center or improper wheel spacers causing misaligning, still, tightening and alignment is the remedy.’
      • ‘He enquires about the wheel alignment machine - is it working fine?’
      • ‘Essentially, this consisted of an oil and filter change as well as a general examination of the exterior bodywork, foot and parking brake, all drive belts, windscreen washer and wheel alignment.’
      • ‘The tyre replacement, exhaust fitting and wheel alignment services have been retained.’
      • ‘Even then, Bob not only failed to fix the convergence problem, he messed up the alignment so badly that circles on the screen looked like eggs.’
      • ‘The new tyres and wheel alignment made it feel like a new car.’
      • ‘Just as a wheel alignment affects the life of automobile tires, precise alignment is key to smooth movement and long-term wear in joint replacements.’
      • ‘When tape machines were the capture device, alignment occurred once or twice daily, not due to drifting issues but in order to accommodate multiple sessions.’
    2. 1.2The route or course of a road or railroad.
      ‘four railroads, all on different alignments’
      • ‘On the Newbridge Road the alignment was required to pass between Chadwick s business and the green area to the east of Jigginstown castle.’
      • ‘The authority had also taken into account the metro rail and railway alignments that may align themselves with the system.’
      • ‘The stall follows the completion of a two-year road planning study which recommends a coastal road alignment but warns of several hindrances.’
      • ‘Despite the beautiful alignment of the main line out of London there are some fearsome grades on most lines elsewhere on the network, and visiting Pacifics have often been in bad trouble on these sections.’
      • ‘The firm has proposed a north-south road alignment which would cut through the south-east and north-east corners of the Chapman Regional Park.’
      • ‘I would agree that road safety is compromised by excessive speed, but this takes its place along with other factors, principally, road width and alignment, and visibility.’
      • ‘This option would use the existing Tramlink line from Croydon to Harrington Road and a new alignment is then proposed to follow the Network Rail track between Birkbeck and Crystal Palace.’
      • ‘The good work of Councillor Willie Nolan in the provision of amenities is bound to have further influence on new road alignments and safety planning.’
      • ‘The improvements will increase awareness of both the road alignment and the possibility of queueing traffic at peak times.’
      • ‘The alignment of a new road to be known as ‘University Crescent’ will follow the same path as University Drive East.’
      • ‘This means that there is a very high potential risk that roads are being built and maintained on alignments and geometric standards that are not in keeping with current user expectations.’
      • ‘Only 22 pieces of private property will be affected by the Metro Rail alignment on the road in Indiranagar.’
      • ‘The modern road follows the alignment of Watling Street, along which Roman soldiers would have trooped on their way from London to Dover and beyond.’
      • ‘The 4.35 km long rail cum road bridge, along with the ancillaries like new railway lines and stations and the new road alignments, is one of the biggest-ever projects in the Northeast.’
      • ‘The system's generally built on old railway alignments or strips of undeveloped or cheap land.’
      • ‘However, the route to the old station is covered by the by-pass, and therefore a new alignment for the railway would be required.’
      • ‘Indeed the strength of early road alignments both east and west of the Walbrook was such that they overrode considerations of conformity with the later grid and survived through the Roman period.’
      • ‘Councillor Joe Queenan has welcomed the further allocation of E300,000 to complete the road alignment at Kindard, Enniscrone.’
      • ‘It was a mile-long track, kidney shaped, roughly on the alignment of the present road circuit in a natural bowl, giving spectators wonderful viewing.’
      • ‘It is plain from the maps that in this intervening period the road alignment was altered in respect of the Castle Acre spur and the Pink Road.’
  • 2A position of agreement or alliance.

    ‘a firm famous for its liberal alignment’
    • ‘I note that there is almost an alignment with that position from those such as the association.’
    • ‘The old political alignments are going to give way to new ones.’
    • ‘While a united Korea's chosen alliances and alignments might matter greatly to the powers of the Pacific, they would probably not constitute a casus belli.’
    • ‘However, to Bengio and Ozcan this relationship is not an alliance, but an alignment.’
    • ‘Yesterday was a joyful day for anyone whose political alignments weren't causing them indigestion over what they were having to digest.’
    • ‘There is no clear picture of future political alignments right now.’
    • ‘As the controversies over dispensation of the western territories grew unavoidable, so the Jacksonian political alignments crumbled.’
    • ‘The biggest post-election challenge is rebuilding the social justice agenda and its support base while reassessing political alignments.’
    • ‘But the scale of the leap is very large indeed and the political alignments do not yet vindicate Mr Kennedy's new-found confidence in his vision.’
    • ‘Rick Pass has raised a fascinating question about whether we're seeing a fundamental shift in Australia's political alignments.’
    • ‘In such a situation there has been little room for any clear, simple alignment along the lines of one or two ideologies which could decisively change the country's direction.’
    • ‘We are back rather in the chequered circumstances of the seventies, in which there was no clear pattern of domestic political alignments in the group.’
    • ‘In these circumstances Muslims have to anticipate and judge political alignments that are likely to take place in near future.’
    • ‘In those elections, the Labour Party shrank again, in spite of its alignment with several liberal-centre political groups.’
    • ‘It sometimes disturbed alliances and alignments, base agreements or trade arrangements, and friendly relations generally.’
    • ‘Election returns show that political alignments around social issues have shifted much less than their rhetoric would suggest.’
    • ‘A few of them have even reconsidered their political alignment and are interested in joining up with the Ontario Party.’
    • ‘Political alignments would shift, the military would reassert itself, and the country face international isolation.’
    • ‘This is not how voters perceive political alignments, at least not in modern times.’
    • ‘This outlook cuts across traditional sociological and political alignments.’
    alliance, union, partnership, affiliation, bloc, caucus
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Late 18th century: from French alignement, from aligner (see align).