- the act of combining or the state of being combined.
- a number of things combined: a combination of ideas.
- something formed by combining: A chord is a combination of notes.
- an alliance of persons or parties: a combination in restraint of trade.
- the set or series of numbers or letters used in setting the mechanism of a combination lock.
- the parts of the mechanism operated by this.
- Often combinations. a suit of underwear in one piece.
- the arrangement of elements into various groups without regard to their order in the group.
- a group thus formed.Compare permutation(def 1).
Origin of combination
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Examples from the Web for combination
He uses some combination of the words comfort or discomfort in regards to how he feels about situations over 30 times.The Story of the World’s Greatest Cricket Player
December 24, 2014
While the look worked for some, the combination of heat and chemicals took a toll on the hair of others.Goodbye To A Natural Hair Guru: Miss Jessie's Cofounder Titi Branch Dead At 45
December 16, 2014
But if he heard this combination of Greek and Cuban music, he would be forced to reconsider.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Late Thursday night, the House passed the combination continuing resolution/omnibus spending bill by a vote of 219-206.‘Cromnibus’ Passes, But Did Anyone Win?
December 12, 2014
I would define Rockefeller Republican in the classic sense as a combination of fiscal responsibility and social conscience.This Republican Loved Taxes & Modern Art
November 19, 2014
Rarely has there been exhibited so complete a combination of qualities in statesmanship.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Sulphur springs with Epsom salts in combination are nearly as common.
A combination of crocuses and snow on the ground had given her an inspiration for a gown.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Nothing can be more poetic in colour, form, and combination.The Roof of France
These alloys are made of a combination of aluminum and magnesium.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
- the act of combining or state of being combined
- a union of separate parts, qualities, etc
- an alliance of people or parties; group having a common purpose
- the set of numbers that opens a combination lock
- the mechanism of this type of lock
- British a motorcycle with a sidecar attached
- an arrangement of the numbers, terms, etc, of a set into specified groups without regard to order in the groupthe combinations of a, b, and c, taken two at a time, are ab, bc, ac
- a group formed in this way. The number of combinations of n objects taken r at a time is n !/[(n – r)! r !]. Symbol: n C rCompare permutation (def. 1)
- the chemical reaction of two or more compounds, usually to form one other compound
- chess a tactical manoeuvre involving a sequence of moves and more than one piece
Word Origin and History for combination
late 14c., combinacyoun, from Old French combination (14c., Modern French combinaison), from Late Latin combinationem (nominative combinatio) "a joining two by two," noun of action from past participle stem of combinare (see combine (v.)).