Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To bring into a state of unity; make united.
  • intransitive verb To join (two or more substances) to make a single substance, such as a chemical compound; mix.
  • intransitive verb To have, exhibit, or involve in combination.
  • intransitive verb To harvest (a grain crop) using a cutting, threshing, and cleaning machine.
  • intransitive verb To become united.
  • intransitive verb To join together for a common purpose. synonym: join.
  • intransitive verb Chemistry To form a compound.
  • intransitive verb To harvest a grain crop using a cutting, threshing, and cleaning machine.
  • noun A power-operated harvesting machine that cuts, threshes, and cleans grain.
  • noun An association of people or groups united for the furtherance of political or commercial interests.
  • noun A combination.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To associate, unite, or join into a whole; connect closely together.
  • Synonyms To mix, compound, blend.
  • To unite; coalesce: as, honor and policy combine to justify the measure.
  • Specifically To unite in friendship or alliance for the attainment of some common end; league together; join forces; associate; coöperate: followed by with.
  • To unite by affinity or chemical attraction: as, two substances which will not combine of themselves may be made to combine by the intervention of a third.
  • noun A combination or agreement; especially, a secret combination for the purpose of committing fraud; a conspiracy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To form a union; to agree; to coalesce; to confederate.
  • intransitive verb To unite by affinity or natural attraction.
  • intransitive verb (Card Playing) In the game of casino, to play a card which will take two or more cards whose aggregate number of pips equals those of the card played.
  • intransitive verb (Chem.) that proportional weight, usually referred to hydrogen as a standard, and for each element fixed and exact, by which an element unites with another to form a distinct compound. The combining weights either are identical with, or are multiples or submultiples of, the atomic weight. See Atomic weight, under Atomic, a.
  • transitive verb To unite or join; to link closely together; to bring into harmonious union; to cause or unite so as to form a homogeneous substance, as by chemical union.
  • transitive verb obsolete To bind; to hold by a moral tie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To bring (two or more things or activities) together; to unite.
  • verb transitive to have two or more things or properties that function together
  • verb intransitive To come together; to unite.
  • verb card games In the game of casino, to play a card which will take two or more cards whose aggregate number of pips equals those of the card played.
  • noun A combine harvester
  • noun A concern, consortium or syndicate.

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

  • verb put or add together
  • verb have or possess in combination
  • verb join for a common purpose or in a common action
  • verb add together from different sources
  • verb mix together different elements
  • noun a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service
  • verb gather in a mass, sum, or whole
  • noun an occurrence that results in things being united
  • verb combine so as to form a whole; mix
  • noun harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field

Etymologies

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

Middle English combinen, from Old French combiner, from Late Latin combīnāre : Latin com-, com- + bīnī, two by two.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle French combiner, from Late Latin combinare ("to unite, yoke together"), from Latin com- ("together") + bini ("two by two")

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  • COM bine--a harvesting machine

    July 18, 2007