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These nouns denote a position of the body and limbs: erect posture; an attitude of prayer; dignified carriage; a reclining pose; an athlete's alert stance.
n., v. -tured, -tur•ing. n.
- Arched like a cavalry horse getting a whiff of the battlefield —Katherine Anne Porter
- A back like a marine drill instructor’s … straight as a rifle shot —Loren D. Estleman
- Bolt upright like drawn bayonets —Aharon Megged
- Erect as a candle —Isak Dinesen
Dinesen used this simile in a short story, The de Cats Family. Because many a simile is hard to establish as one writer’s creative invention, it should come as no surprise that it also appeared in Ignazio Silone’s novel, The Secret of Luca.
- Erect as a cavalry officer —Francine du Plessis Gray
- Erect as a Grecian pillar —Anon
- Held his shoulders back as though they were braced, and he sucked in his stomach like a soldier —John Steinbeck
- Her back is curved like a shell —Louise Erdrich
- Her entire posture seemed to have bunched up like a fist —Robert B. Parker
- Her spine droops like a dying daisy —Ira Wood
- Huddled up like a pale misshapen piece of pastry —Hugh Walpole
- Hunched his shoulders like a fighter tensing for a blow —Harvey Swados
- Hunched like a cowboy that hears a rattler —Paul Theroux
Theroux’s simile was particularly apt for the photographer-heroine of his novel, Picture Palace.
- Hunched, like a man made lintel-shy by too many cracks on the head through adolescence —Harold Adams
- Hunched over like an old turtle —Louise Erdrich
- (Sit …) hunched up like a crow —Elizabeth Spencer
- Like a schoolmistress dealing with problem pupils, sat straight-backed —Dorothea Straus
- Posture … like an emaciated old man who once had been an athlete —Kenzaburo Oë
- Posture … rigid and stylized as a pair of bookends —George Garrett
- Rigid as an effigy —Gavin Lambert
See Also: FIRMNESS
- (A sort of) savage stoop, like a bull lowering his horn —G. K. Chesterton
- Shoulders humped like a bull’s —Mary Hedin
- Shoulders sagged like empty sacks —James Crumley
- Shoulders … set like those of a man carrying a banner —Hugh Walpole
- Sits back, relaxed, as if she were watching an invisible TV and weeping over a soap opera —John J. Clayton
- Slumped like a chimpanzee —Mary Morris
- Slumped there like a bag of bones —Beryl Bainbridge
- Slump … like rags —Karl Shapiro
- Slumps there like an outsized parenthesis —Marge Piercy
- Standing to attention like a dead centurion at his post —John Le Carré
- Stands stiff as a bobby when the Queen appears —Maxine Kumin
- Stands tall, straight and stern as an angel —Louise Erdrich
- Stiff-backed as a cadet —George Garrett
- Stood like a dart —Brian Merriman
- Stood rigid as a carving —Madison Smartt Bell
- Stood stiff as a marble statue —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
- Stood up very straight like somebody in opera —Rebecca West
- Stooped, as though half-crouching under an expected blow —Ben Ames Williams
- Stooped like too tall visitors to an igloo —John Irving
- Stooping like a decayed tree, he was so old —A. E. Coppard
- Straightened like soldiers under review —Jay Parini
- Tilted forward at the waist like a stickshift in third gear —Rick Borsten
- Upright as a palm tree —The Holy Bible/Proverbs
Variations of this biblical simile link uprightness with a variety of other trees; for example, “Upright as a pine.”
- Upright like stalks —Aharon Megged
Past participle: postured
|Noun||1.||posture - the arrangement of the body and its limbs; "he assumed an attitude of surrender"|
order arms - a position in the manual of arms; the rifle is held vertically on the right side with the butt on the ground; often used as a command
bodily property - an attribute of the body
ballet position - classical position of the body and especially the feet in ballet
decubitus - a reclining position (as in a bed)
eversion - the position of being turned outward; "the eversion of the foot"
lithotomy position - a position lying on your back with knees bent and thighs apart; assumed for vaginal or rectal examination
lotus position - a sitting position with the legs crossed; used in yoga
missionary position - a position for sexual intercourse; a man and woman lie facing each other with the man on top; so-called because missionaries thought it the proper position for primitive peoples
pose - a posture assumed by models for photographic or artistic purposes
presentation - (obstetrics) position of the fetus in the uterus relative to the birth canal; "Cesarean sections are sometimes the result of abnormal presentations"
ectopia - abnormal position of a part or organ (especially at the time of birth)
asana - (Hinduism) a posture or manner of sitting (as in the practice of yoga)
guard - a posture of defence in boxing or fencing; "keep your guard up"
stance - standing posture
tuck - (sports) a bodily position adopted in some sports (such as diving or skiing) in which the knees are bent and the thighs are drawn close to the chest
|2.||posture - characteristic way of bearing one's body; "stood with good posture"|
bodily property - an attribute of the body
slouch - a stooping carriage in standing and walking
gracefulness - beautiful carriage
|3.||posture - a rationalized mental attitude|
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
hard line - a firm and uncompromising stance or position; "the governor took a hard line on drugs"
|4.||posture - capability in terms of personnel and materiel that affect the capacity to fight a war; "we faced an army of great strength"; "politicians have neglected our military posture"|
sea power - naval strength
capability, capableness - the quality of being capable -- physically or intellectually or legally; "he worked to the limits of his capability"
firepower - (military) the relative capacity for delivering fire on a target
|Verb||1.||posture - behave affectedly or unnaturally in order to impress others; "Don't pay any attention to him--he is always posing to impress his peers!"; "She postured and made a total fool of herself"|
deport, comport, acquit, behave, conduct, bear, carry - behave in a certain manner; "She carried herself well"; "he bore himself with dignity"; "They conducted themselves well during these difficult times"
|2.||posture - assume a posture as for artistic purposes; "We don't know the woman who posed for Leonardo so often"|
artistic creation, artistic production, art - the creation of beautiful or significant things; "art does not need to be innovative to be good"; "I was never any good at art"; "he said that architecture is the art of wasting space beautifully"
display, exhibit, expose - to show, make visible or apparent; "The Metropolitan Museum is exhibiting Goya's works this month"; "Why don't you show your nice legs and wear shorter skirts?"; "National leaders will have to display the highest skills of statesmanship"
ramp - be rampant; "the lion is rampant in this heraldic depiction"