To strike an attitude, to take an attitude for mere effect.

Syn.Attitude, Posture. Both of these words describe the visible disposition of the limbs. Posture relates to their position merely; attitude refers to their fitness for some specific object. The object of an attitude is to set forth exhibit some internal feeling; as, attitude of wonder, of admiration, of grief, etc. It is, therefore, essentially and designedly expressive. Its object is the same with that of gesture; viz., to hold forth and represent. Posture has no such design. If we speak of posture in prayer, or the posture of devotion, it is only the natural disposition of the limbs, without any intention to show forth or exhibit.

'T is business of a painter in his choice of attitudes (posituræ) to foresee the effect and harmony of the lights and shadows.

Never to keep the body in the same posture half an hour at a time.

(At`ti*tu"di*nal) a. Relating to attitude.

(At`ti*tu`di*na"ri*an) n. One who attitudinizes; a posture maker.

(At`ti*tu`di*na"ri*an*ism) n. A practicing of attitudes; posture making.

(At`ti*tu"di*nize) v. i. To assume affected attitudes; to strike an attitude; to pose.

Maria, who is the most picturesque figure, was put to attitudinize at the harp.
Hannah More.

(At`ti*tu"di*ni`zer) n. One who practices attitudes.

(At"tle) n. [Cf. Addle mire.] (Mining) Rubbish or refuse consisting of broken rock containing little or no ore. Weale.

(At*tol"lent) a. [L. attollens, p. pr. of attollere; ad + tollere to lift.] Lifting up; raising; as, an attollent muscle. Derham.

(At*tonce") adv. [At + once.] At once; together. [Obs.] Spenser.

(At*tone") adv. See At one. [Obs.]

(At*torn") v. i. [OF. atorner, aturner, atourner, to direct, prepare, dispose, attorn (cf. OE. atornen to return, adorn); à (L. ad) + torner to turn; cf. LL. attornare to commit business to another, to attorn; ad + tornare to turn, L. tornare to turn in a lathe, to round off. See Turn, v. t.]

1. (Feudal Law) To turn, or transfer homage and service, from one lord to another. This is the act of feudatories, vassals, or tenants, upon the alienation of the estate. Blackstone.

Attirer to Auction

(At*tir"er) n. One who attires.

(At"ti*tude) n. [It. attitudine, LL. aptitudo, fr. L. aptus suited, fitted: cf. F. attitude. Cf. Aptitude.]

1. (Paint. & Sculp.) The posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue.

2. The posture or position of a person or an animal, or the manner in which the parts of his body are disposed; position assumed or studied to serve a purpose; as, a threatening attitude; an attitude of entreaty.

3. Fig.: Position as indicating action, feeling, or mood; as, in times of trouble let a nation preserve a firm attitude; one's mental attitude in respect to religion.

The attitude of the country was rapidly changing.
J. R. Green.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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