from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of associating or the state of being associated.
- n. An organized body of people who have an interest, activity, or purpose in common; a society.
- n. A mental connection or relation between thoughts, feelings, ideas, or sensations.
- n. A remembered or imagined feeling, emotion, idea, or sensation linked to a person, object, or idea.
- n. Chemistry Any of various processes of combination, such as hydration, solvation, or complex-ion formation, depending on relatively weak chemical bonding.
- n. Ecology A large number of organisms in a specific geographic area constituting a community with one or two dominant species.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of associating.
- n. The state of being associated; a connection to or an affiliation with something.
- n. A group of persons associated for a common purpose; an organization; society.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of associating, or state of being associated; union; connection, whether of persons of things.
- n. Mental connection, or that which is mentally linked or associated with a thing.
- n. Union of persons in a company or society for some particular purpose. Specifically, as among the Congregationalists, a society, consisting of a number of ministers, generally the pastors of neighboring churches, united for promoting the interests of religion and the harmony of the churches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of associating or the state of being associated. Connection of persons or things; union.
- n. A union or connection of ideas. See association of ideas, below.
- n. An organized union of persons for a common purpose; a body of persons acting together for the promotion of some object of mutual interest or advantage; a partnership, corporation, or society: as, the Association for the Advancement of Science; a political or charitable association.
- n. In physical chemistry, the union of chemical molecules to form more complex aggregates; especially, the union of the molecules of a vapor to form more complex aggregates when the temperature is reduced nearly to the boiling-point, or when they condense into liquids.
- n. In phytogeography, the aggregation of plant individuals initiated by reproduction on the spot of growth, but finally determined by environment. See formation and plant association.
- n. A local aggregation of plants within a formation characterized more by the species which compose it than by any biological peculiarity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a formal organization of people or groups of people
- n. a social or business relationship
- n. (ecology) a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species
- n. the act of consorting with or joining with others
- n. the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination
- n. (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
- n. the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
- n. a relation resulting from interaction or dependence
From Latin associātiōnem, from associāre (perhaps via French association). (Wiktionary)