Meaning of COMBINATION in English


— combinational , adj.

/kom'beuh nay"sheuhn/ , n.

1. the act of combining or the state of being combined.

2. a number of things combined: a combination of ideas.

3. something formed by combining: A chord is a combination of notes.

4. an alliance of persons or parties: a combination in restraint of trade.

5. the set or series of numbers or letters used in setting the mechanism of a combination lock.

6. the parts of the mechanism operated by this.

7. Often, combinations . a suit of underwear in one piece.

8. Math.

a. the arrangement of elements into various groups without regard to their order in the group.

b. a group thus formed. Cf. permutation (def. 1).

[ 1350-1400; ME combinacyoun ( combination- (s. of combinatio ), equiv. to combinat ( us ) combined (see COMBINE, -ATE 1 ) + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 1. association, conjunction, union, coalescence, blending. 2. mixture, amalgamation, amalgam. 4. association, federation, league, coalition, cartel, combine, monopoly, bloc, cabal, conspiracy.

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