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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of combining or the state of being combined.
  • n. The result of combining.
  • n. An alliance of persons or parties for a common purpose; an association.
  • n. A sequence of numbers or letters used to open a combination lock.
  • n. Mathematics One or more elements selected from a set without regard to the order of selection.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of combining, the state of being combined or the result of combining.
  • n. A sequence of numbers or letters used to open a combination lock.
  • n. One or more elements selected from a set without regard to the order of selection.
  • n. An association or alliance of people for some common purpose.
  • n. A combination shot; a billiard; a shot where the cue ball hits a ball that strikes another ball on the table.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or process of combining or uniting persons and things.
  • n. The result of combining or uniting; union of persons or things; esp. a union or alliance of persons or states to effect some purpose; -- usually in a bad sense.
  • n. The act or process of uniting by chemical affinity, by which substances unite with each other in definite proportions by weight to form distinct compounds.
  • n. The different arrangements of a number of objects, as letters, into groups.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of uniting in a whole, or the state of being so united; a coming together so as to form a group, sum, product, etc.; especially, the union of related parts in a complex whole: as, a combination of wheels and springs in a watch; a combination of ideas; a combination of circumstances.
  • n. The whole or complex thus formed; the product of combining: as, a soft combination of stops in organ-playing.
  • n. Specifically The union or association of two or more persons or parties for the attainment of some common end; a league: as, a political or a criminal combination; success is possible only through combination.
  • n. In chem., chemical union; the production of a chemical compound.
  • n. In mathematics, the union of a number of individuals in different groups, each containing a certain number of the individuals.
  • n. At ball-pool, a designed shot by which a cue-ball makes one or more object-balls drive another into a pocket; at ordinary billiards one that similarly effects a carom or pocket.
  • n. In lace-manufacture, a complex arrangement of threads.
  • n. Same as combination-room.
  • n. Same as combination garment.
  • n. Specifically, in organ-playing, whatever stops are drawn for use in a particular piece or passage, or the tonal effect thus produced. The process or art of choosing the stops to be used is registration, but each particular choice is a combination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order
  • n. an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes)
  • n. the act of combining things to form a new whole
  • n. a coordinated sequence of chess moves
  • n. a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock
  • n. a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose
  • n. a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities

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  • "A one-piece undergarment combining the corset cover with drawers or petticoat, or, as in the union suit, consisting of undervest and drawers."

    December 14, 2006