Definition of stance in English:

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Pronunciation: /stɑːns/
Pronunciation: /stans/


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.
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.
attitude, stand, point of view, viewpoint, opinion, way of thinking, outlook, standpoint, posture, position, angle, perspective, approach, slant, thinking, line, policy, thoughts, ideas, sentiments, feelings
2Scottish A site on a street for a market, street vendor’s stall, or taxi rank.
Example sentences
  • 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.
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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