- 1 [mass noun] Arrangement in a straight line or in correct relative positions: the tiles had slipped out of alignmentMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1 [count noun] The route or course of a railway or road: four railways, all on different alignments present-day road alignmentsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.2 [count noun] Archaeology A linear arrangement of stones: there were originally at least four massive stone alignments running from west to eastMore example sentences
- Processions and alignments were important in henges and stone circles.
- We can see this important change at Nosterfield Quarry, immediately to the north, where Bronze Age field ditches and single pit alignments were discovered.
- Two as yet undated alignments of timber posts found near Brancaster could be Anglo-Saxon fish-traps, similar to examples found in the Blackwater estuary in Essex.
- 2A position of agreement or alliance: the uncertain nature of political alignmentsMore example sentences
- 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).
More definitions of alignmentDefinition of alignment in:
- The US English dictionary