- 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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The paintings' compositions represent the "tasteful" combinations the brochure suggests for different rooms in a modern house.
Iridescent colors came in combinations of deep reds, purples, golds, and greens.
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|DAILY BEAST
Every week he tried something new: banana, blueberry, strawberry, combinations, you name it.
They multiplied the combinations under which their gods were personified.A History of Art in Ancient Egypt, Vol. II (of 2)|Georges Perrot
What its combinations are nobody knows except those intimately connected with its manufacture.
It will be observed that there are more brown determiners in some combinations than others.Being Well-Born|Michael F. Guyer
Larger numbers are expressed by combinations of these numbers.Indians of the Yosemite Valley and Vicinity|Galen Clark
Any one could do that, but the combinations so made would be infinite in number and most of them absolutely without interest.
British Dictionary definitions for combinations (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for combinations (2 of 2)
- the set of numbers that opens a combination lock
- the mechanism of this type of lock
- 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)