- 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 combinations
Remember that these are just suggestions—we encourage you to experiment with combinations of your own.The Sweet Side of New York City
December 13, 2013
The paintings' compositions represent the "tasteful" combinations the brochure suggests for different rooms in a modern house.Tinted Love
October 4, 2013
Iridescent colors came in combinations of deep reds, purples, golds, and greens.Gucci Spring/Summer 2014: Sporty and Sexy
September 18, 2013
Solomon interviewed 300 families to present a well-rounded perspective on the complex variety of combinations that can occur.Our Favorite Books of 2012: Tina Brown, Andrew Sullivan, and Others’ Picks
The Daily Beast
December 11, 2012
Every week he tried something new: banana, blueberry, strawberry, combinations, you name it.Neil Young Autobiography: 9 Juiciest Bits
September 26, 2012
Pre-occupied with this notion, Russell was now omitted in all her combinations.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
But his combinations of them were seldom along the lines of the possible.Cleo The Magnificent
The atom retains its identity through all combinations and processes.The Machinery of the Universe
Amos Emerson Dolbear
The truths of geometry and arithmetic in all their combinations are always the same.
All of them are combinations of bright and red with white and black.
- British a one-piece woollen undergarment with long sleeves and legsOften shortened to: combs, coms US and Canadian term: union suit
- 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 combinations
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.)).