combination

A combination is a grouping together of separate things. Your desire to live to a big city might come from a combination of your dreams of being on stage, and your obsession with underground trains.

Combination is the act of combining, which comes from the Latin for "joining together two by two," although it's not necessary that you combine things in pairs. Your famous party mix might be a combination of pretzels, nuts, and espresso beans. Your locker combination is the set of numbers you have to dial to open the lock. If you plan to go on a TV talent show, get ready to learn some dance combinations. Kick, spin, drop, roll!

Primary Meanings of combination

1.
n
the act of combining things to form a new whole
2.
n
a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose
3.
n
a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock
4.
n
a coordinated sequence of chess moves
Full Definitions of combination
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n the act of combining things to form a new whole

Synonyms:
combining, compounding
Types:
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affixation, attachment
the act of attaching or affixing something
confusion
an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended
admixture, commixture, intermixture, mix, mixing, mixture
the act of mixing together
fusion
the act of fusing (or melting) together
blend, blending
the act of blending components together thoroughly
interspersal, interspersion
the act of combining one thing at intervals among other things
temperance
the act of tempering
conjugation, jointure, unification, union, uniting
the act of making or becoming a single unit
consolidation, integration
the act of combining into an integral whole
graft, grafting
the act of grafting something onto something else
babel
a confusion of voices and other sounds
confluence, conflux, merging
a flowing together
homogenisation, homogenization
the act of making something homogeneous or uniform in composition
coalescence, coalescency, coalition, concretion, conglutination
the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts
reunification, reunion
the act of coming together again
tribalisation, tribalization
the act of making tribal; unification on a tribal basis
umbrella
having the function of uniting a group of similar things
centralisation, centralization
the act of consolidating power under a central control
incorporation
consolidating two or more things; union in (or into) one body
amalgamation, merger, uniting
the combination of two or more commercial companies
vertical combination, vertical integration
absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in all aspects of a product's manufacture from raw materials to distribution
horizontal combination, horizontal integration
absorption into a single firm of several firms involved in the same level of production and sharing resources at that level
Type of:
change of integrity
the act of changing the unity or wholeness of something

n a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities

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haplotype
(genetics) a combination of alleles (for different genes) that are located closely together on the same chromosome and that tend to be inherited together
amalgam
a combination or blend of diverse things
color scheme, colour scheme
a planned combination of colors
complexion
a combination that results from coupling or interlinking
Type of:
accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection
several things grouped together or considered as a whole

n the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order

Type of:
mathematical operation, mathematical process, operation
(mathematics) calculation by mathematical methods
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n a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose

“they were a winning combination
Type of:
social unit, unit
an organization regarded as part of a larger social group

n an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes)

Types:
combination in restraint of trade
(law) any monopoly or contract or combination or conspiracy intended to restrain commerce (which are illegal according to antitrust laws of the United States)
Type of:
alignment, alinement, alliance, coalition
an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
3

n a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock

“he forgot the combination to the safe”
Type of:
sequence
serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern
4

n a coordinated sequence of chess moves

Type of:
sequence
serial arrangement in which things follow in logical order or a recurrent pattern

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