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at·ti·tude / ˈatiˌt(y)oōd/ • n. a settled way of thinking or feeling about someone or something, typically one that is reflected in a person's behavior: she took a tough attitude toward other people's indulgences. ∎  a position of the body proper to or implying an action or mental state: the boy was standing in an attitude of despair, his chin sunk on his chest. ∎ inf. uncooperative behavior; a resentful or antagonistic manner: I asked the waiter for a clean fork, and all I got was attitude. ∎ inf. individuality and self-confidence as manifested by behavior or appearance; style: she snapped her fingers with attitude. ∎  the orientation of an aircraft or spacecraft, relative to the direction of travel. ∎  Ballet a position in which one leg is lifted behind with the knee bent at right angles and turned out, and the corresponding arm is raised above the head, the other extended to the side. DERIVATIVES: at·ti·tu·di·nal / ˌatiˈt(y)oōdn-əl/ adj. ORIGIN: late 17th cent. (denoting the placing or posture of a figure in art): from French, from Italian attitudine ‘fitness, posture,’ from late Latin aptitudo, from aptus ‘fit.’

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attitude
1. Of a bed or other planar feature, the disposition with respect to the horizontal and compass bearings; these are obtained by measuring the dip and strike of the bed respectively.

2. Of a fold, the overall disposition; this is defined by measuring the dip and strike of the axial plane, and the trend and plunge of the hinge line.

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attitude †disposition of a figure in statuary or painting XVII; posture XVIII. — F. — It. attitudine :- late L. aptitūdō, — tūdin- APTITUDE; see -TUDE.