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

  • noun The act or process of consulting.
  • noun A conference at which advice is given or views are exchanged.
  • noun A meeting between physicians to discuss the diagnosis or treatment of a case.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of consulting; deliberation of two or more persons with a view to some decision; especially, a deliberation in which one party acts as adviser to the other.
  • noun A meeting of persons to consult together; specifically, a meeting of experts, as physicians or counsel, to confer about a specific case.

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

  • noun The act of consulting or conferring; deliberation of two or more persons on some matter, with a view to a decision.
  • noun A council or conference, as of physicians, held to consider a special case, or of lawyers restained in a cause.
  • noun (Law) a writ by which a cause, improperly removed by prohibition from one court to another, is returned to the court from which it came; -- so called because the judges, on consultation, find the prohibition ill-founded.

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

  • noun the act of consulting
  • noun a conference for the exchange of information and advice
  • noun An appointment or meeting with a professional person, such as a doctor.

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

  • noun a conference (usually with someone important)
  • noun a conference between two or more people to consider a particular question
  • noun the act of referring or consulting


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