(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 postures
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.

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.

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.

(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.

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