Definition of stance in English:

stance

Line breaks: stance
Pronunciation: /stɑːns
 
, stans
 
/

noun

1The way in which someone stands, especially when deliberately adopted (as in cricket, golf, and other sports); a person’s posture: she altered her stance, resting all her weight on one leg
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
posture, body position, pose, attitude, bearing
1.1The attitude of a person or organization towards something; a standpoint: the party is changing its stance on Europe
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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.
Synonyms
2Scottish A site on a street for a market, street vendor’s stall, or taxi rank.
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  • The ideal location for a Street Trader's stance is a point where the pavement is much wider than usual or there is a suitable recess.
  • It may be that a young man or woman has stood at a certain stance over a period of years, and some other person poaches on the ground and tries to force them down the street.
3 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.

Origin

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

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