Definition of alignment in English:


Syllabification: a·lign·ment
Pronunciation: /əˈlīnmənt


  • 1Arrangement in a straight line, or in correct or appropriate relative positions: the tiles had slipped out of alignment
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    • Most golfers assume that if their toes are lined up parallel to the target line, their alignment is correct.
    • Lay the tiles row by row, always keeping a watchful eye for correct alignment along the working lines.
    • They ensure that the patient's body is maintained in correct alignment during positioning and the procedure.
  • 1.1The act of aligning parts of a machine: oil changes, lube jobs, and wheel alignments
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    • He enquires about the wheel alignment machine - is it working fine?
    • A standard optical alignment and fastening machine that can be used for all optical devices will greatly simplify automation.
    • 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.
  • 1.2The route or course of a road or railroad: four railroads, all on different alignments
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    • 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 authority had also taken into account the metro rail and railway alignments that may align themselves with the system.
    • 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.
  • 2A position of agreement or alliance: a firm famous for its liberal alignment
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    • It sometimes disturbed alliances and alignments, base agreements or trade arrangements, and friendly relations generally.
    • 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.


late 18th century: from French alignement, from aligner (see align).

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