position-n; 7 Senses

Sense Number 1: spatial location or placement of something/someone

Commentary: POSITION[+location][+physical][+region][+coordinates]

That chair is in a position where I trip on it frequently.
The enemy took up a position on our right flank.
The guns were shelling the Germans' positions.
The race horses took their positions at the start.
I don't like the position of that lamp against the wall.
What is the angular position of Venus to the horizon?

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2, 7, 8, 10

Sense Number 2: opinion, attitude, stance, point of view, assumption

Commentary: POSITION[+state][+mental][+attitude][+stance/+opinion/+assumption/+viewpoint] Note; implies a cognitive actor who holds the attitude.

She has a rather Kantian position on ethics.
Their position on gun control didn't convince the senator.
That position on the structure of the solar system was disproved long ago. (someone believed it once)
Let's take the position that interest rates could be higher next year.
John wrote the company's position paper on open source software.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 12, 13, 16

Sense Number 3: context, situation or circumstance

Commentary: POSITION[+state][+social][+context][+situation/+predicament/+circumstance]
NOTE: focus is on abstract context, not physical context (see Sense 1)

We found ourselves in a very attractive position
Raising three kids alone, that's a tough position to be in.
He felt he was not in a position to judge the merits of the case.
The company's financial position is grim.
Try to put yourself in their position with a civil war about to break out.
Their firm is in a favorable position to expand operations in China and Thailand.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 11

Sense Number 4: financial holdings of an investor, a financial market commitment

Commentary: POSITION[+holdings][+financial][+stock/+futures] [+commitment][+market][+financial][+long/+short]

Traders were having to cover their short positions during the sell off.
John holds a long position in energy stocks.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 5

Sense Number 5: profession, job, function includes position in team sports)

Commentary: POSITION[+role][+job][+professional/+plater]
NOTE: implies a specific job or duty of some kind, not a rank compared to others (see Sense 6)

He has a position with the National Security Agency.
John will assume my position in the office while I'm away.
What position did you play in college basketball?

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6, 9, 15

Sense Number 6: rank in a sequence, standing in relation to others

Commentary: POSITION[+relation][+rank][+sequence][+social/+competitive/+commercial] [+quantity][+number][+ordinal]
NOTE: focus is on the pecking order or standing, not a specific duty or job (see Sense 5)

The book moved up two positions on the best-sellers list.
She is currently in first position in the figure skating championship.
He batted in the seventh position in last night's game.
Their family enjoyed a high social position in the town for generations.
Several of his would-be successors are already jockeying for position. (where they go in pecking order)
The evidence is pointing to the highest positions in the government. (top dogs)
He came from a lower socioeconomic position in society than his wife.
They were taught to always know their position in life. (their status, not their employment)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 5, 14

Sense Number 7: a posture or arrangement, usually intentional

Commentary: POSITION[+state][+physical][+posture]

He assumed the Lotus position.
The position of the hands on the clock indicates it is nine thirty.
The teacher showed the student the correct position to hold the violin.
Can you show me the fourth position in ballet?
The position of this major chord is C, E and G.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4