Meaning of UNION in English


/yoohn"yeuhn/ , n.

1. the act of uniting two or more things.

2. the state of being united.

3. something formed by uniting two or more things; combination.

4. a number of persons, states, etc., joined or associated together for some common purpose: student union; credit union.

5. a group of states or nations united into one political body, as that of the American colonies at the time of the Revolution, that of England and Scotland in 1707, or that of Great Britain and Ireland in 1801.

6. the Union . the United States: The Union defeated the Confederacy in 1865.

7. a device emblematic of union, used in a flag or ensign, sometimes occupying the upper corner next to the staff or occupying the entire field.

8. the act of uniting or an instance of being united in marriage or sexual intercourse: an ideal union; an illicit union.

9. an organization of workers; a labor union.

10. Math.

a. Also called join, logical sum, sum . the set consisting of elements each of which is in at least one of two or more given sets. Symbolically appearing as a cup-shape, or U-shape.

b. the least upper bound of two elements in a lattice.

11. the process or result of merging or integration of disjoined, severed, or fractured elements, as the healing of a wound or broken bone, the growing together of the parts in a plant graft, the fusion of pieces in a welding process, or the like.

12. the junction or location at which the merging process has taken place.

13. any of various contrivances for connecting parts of machinery or the like.

14. Textiles.

a. a fabric of two kinds of yarn.

b. a yarn of two or more fibers.

[ 1400-50; late ME union- (s. of unio ), equiv. to L un ( us ) one + -ion- -ION ]

Syn. 1. UNION, UNITY agree in referring to a oneness, either created by putting together, or by being undivided. A UNION is a state of being united, a combination, as the result of joining two or more things into one: to promote the union between two families; the Union of England and Scotland. UNITY is the state or inherent quality of being one, single, individual, and indivisible (often as a consequence of union): to find unity in diversity; to give unity to a work of art. 5. See alliance. 8. wedlock; liaison.

Ant. 1, 2. separation, division.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .