Definition of stance in English:


Line breaks: stance
Pronunciation: /stɑːns
, stans


  • 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.


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

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