Definition of stance in English:

stance

noun

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

    ‘she altered her stance, resting all her weight on one leg’
    • ‘He instinctively adopted a fighting stance, almost daring these thugs to attack.’
    • ‘In the second rounds, Simms switched to a southpaw stance, which paid quick dividends.’
    • ‘Some observers feel his stance has been too upright, causing him to struggle with outside pitches.’
    • ‘He has even taken to adopting a putting stance that looks for all the world as though he is about to do the splits.’
    • ‘This stance allows the defender to be on balance, to be strong and to be agile.’
    • ‘She stood in a defensive stance, not backing down from his stare, fists clenched at her sides.’
    • ‘He explains how he never adopts exactly the same stance for any ball, just stands where he feels comfortable.’
    • ‘The boy put up his fists in a defensive fighting stance as thunder boomed in the distance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Three different stances may be adopted, which correspond to three different fighting styles - fast, medium, and strong.’
    • ‘Adopt a stance where your feet are about nine inches apart, and point your toes slightly outward.’
    • ‘He is credited with inventing the southpaw stance in boxing.’
    • ‘He struggled until recently, when he evened out his stance and balanced his weight.’
    • ‘When adopting a stance, the bowler should be looking primarily for ease and comfort.’
    • ‘She took a solid stance, right hand hovering over the hilt as if ready to draw.’
    • ‘For instance, some youngsters who struggle to play shots on the on-side adopt an open stance.’
    • ‘I keep my stance simple, standing on the line of the crease with my feet a comfortable width apart.’
    • ‘Adopt a stance with the head erect, neither hanging down, nor looking up, nor twisted.’
    • ‘His body had already adopted the stance of a fighter.’
    posture, body position, pose, attitude, bearing
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    1. 1.1 The attitude of a person or organization toward something; a standpoint.
      ‘the party is changing its stance on the draft’
      • ‘We hope the government will take a firm stance on the issue.’
      • ‘Authorities should assume an aggressive stance in screening money laundering and its related crimes.’
      • ‘I know there are a lot of people in the region who also respect his strong stance on family issues.’
      • ‘The new administration favour a more hands-off stance in relation to global financial turbulence.’
      • ‘A tough stance on crime should not be at the expense of innocent people losing their long-treasured liberties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Patent litigation is expensive, and a large company can wear down almost anyone if it adopts a hard-line stance.’
      • ‘Earlier the party debated its new stance on law and order, or ‘tough Liberalism’.’
      • ‘However, street protests made the government reverse its stance on the privatization of water services.’
      • ‘Her reticence, he surmises, was based on her conservative stance on social issues.’
      • ‘Jacques Chirac thought he would take a tough stance on crime during this election campaign to assuage voters' fears and anxieties.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I once again implore that you reconsider your stance on this matter.’
      • ‘In principle, many European countries adopt the stance that all lawful and serious agreements are contracts.’
      • ‘Voters who have turned to the Greens have done so for a range of reasons, not simply because of their stance on the environment.’
      • ‘His aggressive stance on social issues will surely warm the hearts of influential religious conservatives.’
      • ‘The party appear to have changed their stance on this matter.’
      • ‘Ultimately, however, this film takes a stance on youthful rebellion that is as uncomfortable as it is unusual.’
      attitude, stand, point of view, viewpoint, opinion, way of thinking, outlook, standpoint, posture, position, angle, perspective, approach, slant, thinking, line, policy, thoughts, ideas, sentiments, feelings
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  • 2Climbing
    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.’
    • ‘This course teaches you how to lead climb on natural protection and set up belays and stances.’
    • ‘A single pitch route is one which is climbed without intermediate stances.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

stance

/stans//stæns/