Definition of stance in English:


Syllabification: stance
Pronunciation: /stans


  • 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
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    • For instance, some youngsters who struggle to play shots on the on-side adopt an open stance.
    • He explains how he never adopts exactly the same stance for any ball, just stands where he feels comfortable.
    • Some observers feel his stance has been too upright, causing him to struggle with outside pitches.
  • 1.1The attitude of a person or organization toward something; a standpoint: the party is changing its stance on the draft
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    • I know there are a lot of people in the region who also respect his strong stance on family issues.
    • However, street protests made the government reverse its stance on the privatization of water services.
    • I once again implore that you reconsider your stance on this matter.
  • 2 Climbing A ledge or foothold on which a belay can be secured.
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    • 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.


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

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