(Pos"tur*al) a. Of or pertaining to posture.
(Pos"ture) n. [F., fr. L. positura, fr. ponere, positum, to place. See Position.]
1. The position of the body; the situation or disposition of the several parts of the body with respect to
each other, or for a particular purpose; especially (Fine Arts), the position of a figure with regard to the
several principal members by which action is expressed; attitude.
Atalanta, the posture of whose limbs was so lively expressed . . . one would have sworn the very picture
had run.Sir P. Sidney.
In most strange posturesShak.
We have seen him set himself.
The posture of a poetic figure is a description of his heroes in the performance of such or such an action.Dryden.
2. Place; position; situation. [Obs.] Milton.
His [man's] noblest posture and station in this world.Sir M. Hale.
3. State or condition, whether of external circumstances, or of internal feeling and will; disposition; mood; as,
a posture of defense; the posture of affairs.
The several postures of his devout soul.Atterbury.
Syn. Attitude; position. See Attitude.
(Pos"ture) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Postured ; p. pr. & vb. n. Posturing.] To place in a particular
position or attitude; to dispose the parts of, with reference to a particular purpose; as, to posture one's
self; to posture a model. Howell.
(Pos"ture), v. i.
1. To assume a particular posture or attitude; to contort the body into artificial attitudes, as an acrobat or
contortionist; also, to pose.
2. Fig.: To assume a character; as, to posture as a saint.
(Pos`tur*er) n. One who postures.
(||Post*zyg`a*poph"y*sis) n.; pl. Postzygapophyses [NL. See Post- , and Zygapophysis.]
(Anat.) A posterior zygapophysis.
(Po"sy) n.; pl. Posies [Contr. fr. poesy.]
1. A brief poetical sentiment; hence, any brief sentiment, motto, or legend; especially, one inscribed on a
ring. "The posy of a ring." Shak.
2. [Probably so called from the use of flowers as having an enigmatical significance. Wedgwood.] A
flower; a bouquet; a nosegay. "Bridegroom's posies." Spenser.
We make a difference between suffering thistles to grow among us, and wearing them for posies.Swift.
(Pot) n. [Akin to LG. pott, D. pot, Dan. potte, Sw. potta, Icel. pottr, F. pot; of unknown origin.]
1. A metallic or earthen vessel, appropriated to any of a great variety of uses, as for boiling meat or
vegetables, for holding liquids, for plants, etc.; as, a quart pot; a flower pot; a bean pot.