Pronunciation: (pos'chur), [key]
—n., v., -tured, -tur•ing.
1. the relative disposition of the parts of something.
2. the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole: poor posture; a sitting posture.
3. an affected or unnatural attitude: He struck a comic posture.
4. a mental or spiritual attitude: His ideas reveal a defensive posture.
5. one's image or policy as perceived by the public, other nations, etc.: The company wants to develop a more aggressive marketing posture.
6. position, condition, or state, as of affairs.
1. to place in a particular posture or attitude.
2. to position, esp. strategically: to posture troops along a border.
3. to develop a policy or stance for (oneself, a company, government, etc.): The White House postured itself for dealing with the fuel crisis.
4. to adopt an attitude or take an official position on (a matter): The company postured that the court's ruling could be interpreted as being in its favor.
1. to assume a particular posture.
2. to assume affected or unnatural postures, as by bending or contorting the body.
3. to act in an affected or artificial manner, as to create a certain impression.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.