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English noun: posture

1. posture (attribute) the arrangement of the body and its limbs

SamplesHe assumed an attitude of surrender.

Synonymsattitude, position

Broader (hypernym)bodily property

Narrower (hyponym)asana, ballet position, decubitus, ectopia, eversion, guard, lithotomy position, lotus position, missionary position, order arms, pose, presentation, sprawl, sprawling, stance, tuck

Attributeerect, unerect, upright, vertical

2. posture (attribute) characteristic way of bearing one's body

SamplesStood with good posture.

Synonymsbearing, carriage

Broader (hypernym)bodily property

Narrower (hyponym)awkwardness, clumsiness, gracefulness, manner of walking, slouch, walk

3. posture (cognition) a rationalized mental attitude

Synonymsposition, stance

Broader (hypernym)attitude, mental attitude

Narrower (hyponym)hard line, point of view, stand, standpoint, viewpoint

4. posture (attribute) capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war

SamplesWe faced an army of great strength.
Politicians have neglected our military posture.

Synonymsmilitary capability, military posture, military strength, strength

Broader (hypernym)capability, capableness

Narrower (hyponym)firepower, sea power

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

English verb: posture

1. posture (social) behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others

SamplesDon't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!.
She postured and made a total fool of herself.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)acquit, bear, behave, carry, comport, conduct, deport

Narrower (hyponym)attitudinise, attitudinize

2. posture (perception) assume a posture as for artistic purposes

SamplesWe don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often.

Synonymsmodel, pose, sit

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)display, exhibit, expose

Narrower (hyponym)ramp

Domain categoryart, artistic creation, artistic production

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