stance Definition

  • 1the way in which someone stands, especially when deliberately adopted (as in cricket, golf, and other sports); a person's posture
  • 2a particular attitude or way of dealing with something; a position taken in an argument or conflict

Using stance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "stance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    His stance on the issue was clear from the beginning.

  • Example

    She took a defensive stance against the criticism.

  • Example

    The golfer's stance was perfect for the shot.

  • Example

    The boxer shifted his stance to avoid the opponent's punch.

stance Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using stance

  • in a precarious or unstable position


    The ladder was wobbly, and I had to stand on one leg to keep my balance.

  • stance on the sidelines

    not taking part in an activity or decision-making process


    I prefer to take a stance on the sidelines and observe before making any decisions.

  • being undecided or neutral in a dispute or conflict


    He's been on the fence about the issue for weeks.

Phrases with stance

  • to adopt a particular position or attitude towards an issue or conflict


    It's important to take a stance on environmental issues.

  • in martial arts, the leg that supports the body while the other leg is used for kicking or striking


    He lost his balance because he didn't shift his weight to his stance leg.

  • in sports like tennis and baseball, a stance where the feet are positioned farther apart than usual, with the front foot pointing towards the net or pitcher


    He prefers an open stance when returning serves.

Origins of stance

from Old French 'stance' meaning 'position'


Summary: stance in Brief

The term 'stance' [stæns] refers to the way someone stands, especially in sports, or a particular attitude or position taken in an argument or conflict. Examples include 'The golfer's stance was perfect for the shot.' and 'His stance on the issue was clear from the beginning.' Phrases like 'take a stance' and idioms like 'stance on the sidelines' extend its usage to decision-making and neutrality.

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