Definition of stance in English:

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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.
posture, body position, pose, attitude
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.
attitude, stand, point of view, viewpoint, opinion, way of thinking, outlook, standpoint, position, angle, perspective, approach, line, policy
2 Climbing A ledge or foothold on which a belay can be secured.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with stance

advance, Afrikaans, à outrance, chance, dance, enhance, entrance, faience, France, glance, lance, mischance, outdance, perchance, prance, Provence, trance

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