stand vs stance : Common Errors in English

About stand vs stance

When you courageously resist opposing forces, you take—or make—a stand. The metaphor is a military one, with the defending forces refusing to flee from the attacker. Your stance, on the other hand, is just your position—literal or figurative—which may not be particularly militant. A golfer wanting to improve her drives may adopt a different stance, or your stance on cojack may be that it doesn’t belong on a gourmet cheese platter; but if you organize a group to force the neighbors to get rid of the hippo they’ve tethered in their front yard, you’re taking a stand.

stand Meaning(s)

  • (n) a support or foundation
  • (n) the position where a thing or person stands
  • (n) a growth of similar plants (usually trees) in a particular area
  • (n) a small table for holding articles of various kinds
  • (n) a support for displaying various articles
  • (n) an interruption of normal activity
  • (n) a mental position from which things are viewed
  • (n) a booth where articles are displayed for sale
  • (n) a stop made by a touring musical or theatrical group to give a performance
  • (n) tiered seats consisting of a structure (often made of wood) where people can sit to watch an event (game or parade)
  • (n) a platform where a (brass) band can play in the open air
  • (n) a defensive effort
  • (v) be standing; be upright
  • (v) be in some specified state or condition
  • (v) occupy a place or location, also metaphorically
  • (v) hold one's ground; maintain a position; be steadfast or upright
  • (v) put up with something or somebody unpleasant
  • (v) have or maintain a position or stand on an issue
  • (v) remain inactive or immobile
  • (v) be in effect; be or remain in force
  • (v) be tall; have a height of; copula
  • (v) put into an upright position
  • (v) withstand the force of something
  • (v) be available for stud services

stance Meaning(s)

  • (n) standing posture
  • (n) a rationalized mental attitude

stand in News

  1. NYC man set to be indicted as part of student murder trial in stand-off with police, report says

    A stand-off erupted this morning after police tried to arrest a man who is wanted in the murder case of a Pace student who was slain in a luxury Financial District apartment — but he barricaded himself in his apartment with his mother and two children, police sources said.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Fox News

  2. Fifth Third Bank Introduces Stand Up To Cancer Debit Card

    Fifth Third Bank today announced the launch of the Fifth Third Stand Up To Cancer Debit MasterCard. Stand Up To Cancer is a groundbreaking initiative that facilitates scientific collaboration to accelerate innovative cancer research and bring new therapies to patients quickly.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Business Wire via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Caring kids donate lemonade stand profits to food bank

    A trio of caring kids have donated the profits of their lemonade stand business to their local food bank. The Utah Food Bank posted a photo of the note that accompanied the donation on its Facebook page. Via Facebook: Dear Utah Food Bank, I wanted to contribute the money I made from my lemonade stand [...]
    on June 11, 2013 Source: The Upbeat via Yahoo! News

stance in News

  1. Women hail feds' NY contraceptive ruling stance

    Women hail feds' NY contraceptive ruling stance Associated Press Copyright 2013 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Updated 5:41 pm, Monday, June 10, 2013 NEW YORK (AP) — Advocates for women's rights say the federal government's decision to comply with a New York judge's ruling giving all girls easy access to ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source:

  2. Google Takes Stance On Mobile SEO: Site Not Mobile Friendly, You Won't Rank Well.

    Google has taken a strong stance on mobile SEO, announcing there will be demotions if your site is not mobile friendly or is misconfigured when it comes to being mobile friendly. Google said the demotion will only impact mobile, smartphone friendly, search results and only impact web pages that are not smartphone friendly or misconfigured when it comes to being smartphone friendly. Google then ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Search Engine Roundtable

  3. Council takes stance against man’s signs

    The Grand Island City Council took a harsh stance Tuesday against Larry Tourangeau and his signs.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Grand Island Independent

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