A position of the body or manner of carrying oneself: stood in a graceful attitude. See Synonyms at posture. A state of mind or a feeling; disposition: had a positive attitude about work. An arrogant or hostile state of mind or disposition. The orientation of an aircraft's axes relative to a reference line or plane, such as the horizon. The orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion. A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.