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  • Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
    Jack-Ladder, with Endless Chain. Mill in raised position for large log
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n positiveness the quality of being undeniable and not worth arguing about
    • n positiveness an amount greater than zero
    • n positiveness the quality of being encouraging or promising of a successful outcome
    • n positiveness a quality or state characterized by certainty or acceptance or affirmation and dogmatic assertiveness
    • n positiveness the character of the positive electric pole
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Three Positions of Hinges Three Positions of Hinges
Outline for arm positions, profile Outline for arm positions, profile
Outline for arm positions, full face Outline for arm positions, full face
Showing position of columns Showing position of columns
Showing position of columns and other features Showing position of columns and other features
Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes Showing the Greek cross form and position of the domes

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Nerve impulses for muscle position travel at a speed of up to 390 feet per second
    • n Positiveness The quality or state of being positive; reality; actualness; certainty; confidence; peremptoriness; dogmatism. See Positive a. "Positiveness, pedantry, and ill manners.""The positiveness of sins of commission lies both in the habitude of the will and in the executed act too; the positiveness of sins of omission is in the habitude of the will only."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In his youth, United States president George W. Bush used to play for the Midland (Texas) Central Little League. He played the position of the catcher
    • n positiveness The state of being positive; actualness; reality of existence; not mere negation; undoubting assurance; full confidence; peremptoriness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The substance that gives red wine and dark beer its color is said to have a positive effects on cholesterol and blood pressure
    • ns Positiveness state or quality of being positive: certainty: confidence
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  • L. Carte
    L. Carte
    “Only those who have learned a lot are in a position to admit how little they know.”
  • Queen Victoria
    “Being married gives one one's position like nothing else can.”
  • John Wooden
    “If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.”
  • Peace Pilgrim
    “You're in a much better position to talk with people when they approach you than when you approach them.”
  • Orison Swett Marden
    “It is the youth who sees a great opportunity hidden in just these simple services, who sees a very uncommon situation, a humble position, who gets on in the world.”
  • Jonathan Swift
    “Positiveness is a good quality for preachers and speakers because, whoever shares his thoughts with the public will convince them as he himself appears convinced.”


Jockey for position - If a number of people want the same opportunity and are struggling to emerge as the most likely candidate, they are jockeying for position.
Pole position - If you're in pole position, you're in the best position to win or achieve something.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. positivus, fixed by agreement—ponĕre, to place.


In literature:

You may say that if I had no real inclination for the position I could have kicked.
"The Masquerader" by Katherine Cecil Thurston
The three corps to be in camp at Kelley's Ford, in positions indicated, by four P.M. on Tuesday.
"The Campaign of Chancellorsville" by Theodore A. Dodge
In reality my position was different.
"The Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant, Part 2." by Ulysses S. Grant
He maintained his position and was ready to attack by daylight the next morning.
"The Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant, Part 3." by Ulysses S. Grant
I found General W. F. Smith occupying the position of chief engineer of the Army of the Cumberland.
"The Memoirs of General Ulysses S. Grant, Part 4." by Ulysses S. Grant
The German commander, Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, made frantic efforts to recapture the lost positions around Lens.
"America's War for Humanity" by Thomas Herbert Russell
Carry the piece to a vertical position in front of the center of the body and take the position of present arms.
"Manual for Noncommissioned Officers and Privates of Infantry of the" by War Department
In the latter position one is able to observe laminae still in their normal positions and condition.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
He then honestly produced his books, and laid his position bare to the last penny.
"Hodge and His Masters" by Richard Jefferies
It will do in any position, but is best shaded from the midday sun.
"Gardening for the Million" by Alfred Pink
The seats for the breakfast party were in position, two of them being overturned.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
The positions of the armies the other day were almost opposite their positions last year.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
And if Pope's strategical position was bad, his tactical position was even worse.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
Augustus had, with much equanimity and a steady, fixed purpose, settled himself down to the position as elder son.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
The position of works manager was a more important and responsible position than that of superintendent.
"Analyzing Character" by Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
Wenceslas, after telling his story, added that he owed his position to his acknowledged talent for the fine arts.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
The position of the Russians, he urges, is analogous to our own position in India in the days of Wellesley.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
It was a novel experience to be in so authoritative a position.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
Apparently the helm jammed when in the hard-over position, and the ship for some time ran around in a circle.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 8)"
On the 7th he attacked the British strategic position at Eucquoy and the French position east of Chauny.
"Current History: A Monthly Magazine of the New York Times, May 1918" by Various

In poetry:

I offered to procure him weeds -
Wines fit for one in his position -
But, though an ass in all his deeds,
He'd learnt the meaning of "commission."
"The Folly of Brown -" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Your social position is open to doubt,
While the badge of my own I wear,"
And Puss with a ribbon at Puss without
Looked straight with a stony stare.
"Social Inequality" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
An it's sad when yo see some at stand
High in social position an power,
To know at ther fortuns wor plann'd,
An built, aght oth' wrecks o' those lower.
"Ther's Much Expected" by John Hartley
The family position was waning,
And on this account the little Aurelia,
Who had laughed on eighteen summers,
Now bears the palsied contact of Phidippus.
"Society" by Ezra Pound
But though it is stupid,
And though it is slow,
To fill such an humble position;
To be a good scarecrow
Is better I know
Than to scorn a lowly condition.
"John S. Crow" by Clara Doty Bates
O man with a Position, prithee tell,
How is't you mould your sal'ried life so well;
Holding in lofty scorn that lowly mob
Of "Blokes" who earn mere "wages" at a "job".
"Suburbia - A Yearn" by C J Dennis

In news:

Owens criticized for accurately conveying position.
In a potentially embarrassing gaffe, Rep Bill Owens, D-Plattsburgh, accurately described his position on an issue in a July 21 Post-Star article.
So the thought of Mayer's looming balancing act -- pressure-cooker job, healing from childbirth, getting to know her newborn son, making the transition from couple to family -- makes me positively ache for her.
Auralex Acoustics announced the promotion of acoustical engineer Gavin Haverstick to the position of lead acoustical engineer.
A 51-year-old woman has resigned from her position with the Lansing Police Department after pleading to falsifying a preliminary breath test result for an acquaintance .
Three of seven JCPS School Board positions are open this fall, and more candidates are filing to run for the spots.
Waheedah Shabazz-El is a 58-year-old heterosexual African American Muslim woman from Overbrook who discovered she was HIV positive while in prison in 2003.
The discharger control valve provides close tolerance blades for positive shut off of solids flow.
Karen Salmansohn reveals how positive thinking can lead to positive developments in your love life.
NEW YORK- Steuben Glass has appointed Mark Samitt president from his position as chief operating officer, a position he's held since June 2009.
I have followed with interest the Nassau County Executive's successful campaign to change a previously elected Tax Assessor 's position to a political appointee position.
Baker is currently working in the position on an interim basis until the position is filled permanently.
It is true that many Baptist churches do not accept women in certain leadership positions, such as that of pastor, but it also is true that many Baptist churches do welcome and affirm women in all positions of leadership.
The ultimate position player suddenly finds himself without a position.
She served in the position of assistant director of nursing since Dec 20, 2011, and accepted the position of DON on April 18.

In science:

The position integrals can be done explicitly because the only dependence of the Hamiltonian on position is the confinement of the position integrals to the allowed volume.
Making Sense of the Legendre Transform
Finally, hadron position and momentum are boosted by the velocity of the fragment and the position is also shifted by the initial position of the fragment.
DRAGON: Monte Carlo generator of particle production from a fragmented fireball in ultrarelativistic nuclear collisions
The relative positions of the R and Φ sensors inside the individual modules and the relative position of the modules were initially assumed to be at their nominal design positions.
Performance of the LHCb Vertex Detector Alignment Algorithm determined with Beam Test Data
The dashed circle marks the position and extension of Westerlund 2, the upright triangle is at the position of the Wolf-Rayet binary system WR 20a and the downward triangle is at the position of WR 20.
High-(Energy)-Lights -- The Very High Energy Gamma-Ray Sky
The JLab data are for positive p ions in 27 three-d imensional b ins in ν, Q2, and z. The HERMES data are for positive and negative pions and for positive kaons.
Studies of Parton Propagation and Hadron Formation in the Space-Time Domain
Note that c is positive since S is positive definite (it is symmetric, positive and non singular by assumption A.2).
Parametric estimation and tests through divergences and duality technique
For the case n > 1, remark that the hypothesis implies a1 (cid:12) b: if some position in a1 was less than a position in b then b could only occur after a1, which contradicts b ∈ P, and a1 ∈ P also implies that no position in b is less than a position in a.
Quantitative testing semantics for non-interleaving
This literally means that ρ′ is ρ where all positions in P are shifted to reflect their positions in (ν w)(α.(P | w.1) | (w.0 | ¯w .0)) | Q, (1, κ) is shifted to reflect the new position of α, and the interaction between w.1 and ¯w .1 is added (which is valid since it is freed when α is triggered).
Quantitative testing semantics for non-interleaving
Position of adaBoost-selected positively responding keypoints cumulated on all positive example images.
Visual object categorization with new keypoint-based adaBoost features
Location Determination Techniques (LDT) are an important part of LBS. Various position determination methods used include satellite based positioning; network based positioning and local positioning methods.
Management of Location Based Advertisement Services using Spatial Triggers in Cellular Networks
Since the positivity of Ricci curvature being preserved under the Ricci flow was unknown, they used the fact that the positivity of the bisectional curvature is preserved and that it implies positive Ricci.
Non-negative Ricci curvature on closed manifolds under Ricci flow
In (1.1) we have denoted by R, M the position coordinate and the mass of the test particle, and by r, m, ω the position coordinate, the mass and the frequency of the oscillator placed at the position a > 0.
Asymptotic Expansion for the Wave Function in a one-dimensional Model of Inelastic Interaction
Since the Xi and Yi are non-degenerate, both have positive probability of being positive and so have positive expectations.
A consistent test of independence based on a sign covariance related to Kendall's tau
The Sivers amplitudes for positively charged pions are clearly positive and rising with z and Ph⊥, reaching a plateau at Ph⊥ (cid:39) 0.4 GeV, see Fig. 4, while the amplitudes for neutral pions are slightly positive and those for negative pions compatible with zero.
Spin Physics: Session Summary
Not shown in the figure is the amplitude for positive kaons, which is positive, and for negative kaons, which is slightly positive.
Spin Physics: Session Summary