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alignment (n.)

1790, "arrangement in a line," from French alignement, from aligner "to arrange in a line" (see align). Political sense is from 1933.

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Definitions of alignment from WordNet

alignment (n.)
an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty;
Synonyms: alliance / coalition / alinement
alignment (n.)
the spatial property possessed by an arrangement or position of things in a straight line or in parallel lines;
alignment (n.)
(astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac;
Synonyms: conjunction
alignment (n.)
the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other;
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