- the various connections between peoples, countries, etc.: foreign relations.
- the various connections in which persons are brought together: business and social relations.
- sexual intercourse.
- a property that associates two quantities in a definite order, as equality or inequality.
- a single- or multiple-valued function.
- relapsing polychondritis,
- relational database,
- relationship marketing
Origin of relation
Examples from the Web for relation
Kim Kardashian Breaks the InternetTalking about butts in relation to Kim Kardashian had become tired.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014|Kevin Fallon|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was now almost impossible to speak of individual divisions in relation to these actions, but only of corps.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day|James Jones|November 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Our ability to feel seen is truly dependent on being in relation to someone else.
Tom Davis (no relation to Wendy) is very clear in his perspective on this.
Dr. Greenberg also indicates that the frequency of splurges can change depending on where you are in relation to your goal.When Is It OK to Cheat? The Pros and Cons of Cheat Days|DailyBurn|July 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then suppose A raises offspring in the usual way from eggs, what relation are these young to B?
Between tea and coffee, or beef and mutton there is a relation of a different kind.Supply and Demand|Hubert D. Henderson
The record of England in relation to Ireland, is one of the most atrocious known to the history of mankind.Ridgeway|Scian Dubh
All our knowledge of things is knowing them in their relation to the Universe, in that relation which is truth.Creative Unity|Rabindranath Tagore
But unhappily the present advanced stage of social organisation has considerably impaired the relation.The Hindoos as they Are|Shib Chunder Bose
- an association between ordered pairs of objects, numbers, etc, such as … is greater than …
- the set of ordered pairs whose members have such an association
- internal relationa relation that necessarily holds between its relata, as 4 is greater than 2
- external relationa relation that does not so hold
Word Origin for relation
late 14c., "connection, correspondence;" also "act of telling," from Anglo-French relacioun, Old French relacion "report, connection" (14c.), from Latin relationem (nominative relatio) "a bringing back, restoring; a report, proposition," from relatus (see relate). Meaning "person related by blood or marriage" first attested c.1500. Stand-alone phrase no relation "not in the same family" is attested by 1930.
see poor relation; relative (in relation) to.