Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Arrangement or position in a straight line or in parallel lines.
  • n. The process of adjusting parts so that they are in proper relative position: A set of gears needs periodic alignment.
  • n. The condition of having parts so adjusted: Binocular lenses that are out of alignment will yield a double image.
  • n. A ground plan: Blueprints for the building included an alignment and a profile.
  • n. The act of aligning or the condition of being aligned.
  • n. An arrangement or alliance of groups: a new alignment of factions in the party.
  • n. Sports An arrangement or positioning of players: a defensive alignment.
  • n. Sports The grouping or positioning of teams, as in a conference or league.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An arrangement of items in a line.
  • n. The process of adjusting a mechanism such that its parts are aligned; the condition of having its parts so adjusted.
  • n. An alliance of factions.
  • n. The conjunction of two celestial objects.
  • n. The precise route or course taken by a linear way (road, railway, footpath, etc.) between two points.
  • n. In a roleplaying game, one of a set number of philosophical attitudes a character can take.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of adjusting to a line; arrangement in a line or lines; the state of being so adjusted; a formation in a straight line; also, the line of adjustment; esp., an imaginary line to regulate the formation of troops or of a squadron.
  • n. The ground-plan of a railway or other road, in distinction from the grades or profile.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other
  • n. an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
  • n. (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac
  • n. the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines

Etymologies

French alignement (Wiktionary)

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