- an adjustment to a line; arrangement in a straight line.
- the line or lines so formed.
- the proper adjustment of the components of an electronic circuit, machine, etc., for coordinated functioning: The front wheels of the car are out of alignment.
- a state of agreement or cooperation among persons, groups, nations, etc., with a common cause or viewpoint.
- a ground plan of a railroad or highway.
- Archaeology. a line or an arrangement of parallel or converging lines of upright stones or menhirs.
verb (used with or without object), a·lined, a·lin·ing.
- a rare spelling of align
- arrangement in a straight line
- the line or lines formed in this manner
- alliance or union with a party, cause, etc
- proper or desirable coordination or relation of components
- a ground plan of a railway, motor road, etc
- archaeol an arrangement of one or more ancient rows of standing stones, of uncertain significance
- psychol integration or harmonization of aims, practices, etc within a group
- psychol identification with or matching of the behaviour, thoughts, etc of another person
1790, “arrangement in a line,” from French alignement, from aligner (see align). Political sense is from 1933.
fem. proper name, French, short for Adeline.