AskDefine | Define stance

Dictionary Definition



1 standing posture
2 a rationalized mental attitude [syn: position, posture]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. The manner, posture, or pose in which one stands.
    The fencer's stance showed he was ready to begin.
  2. One's opinion or point of view.
    I don't agree with your stance on gun control.


The manner, posture, or pose in which one stands
one's opinion or point of view

Extensive Definition

Stance is a morpheme meaning stand, used in several ways:
There are a wide variety of stances adopted in martial arts and sports:
List of stances,

See also

stance in Czech: Stance

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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