alignment /əˈlʌɪnm(ə)nt/


I. noun

1. [ mass noun] arrangement in a straight line or in correct relative positions

the tiles had slipped out of alignment.
2. [ count noun] the route or course of a railway or road.

four railways, all on different alignments.
present-day road alignments.
3. [ count noun]
[Archaeology] a linear arrangement of stones.

there were originally at least four massive stone alignments running from west to east.
4. a position of agreement or alliance

the uncertain nature of political alignments.
– origin late 18th cent.: from French alignement, from aligner (see align).

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