Primary Meanings of organisation

an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized
a group of people who work together
Full Definitions of organisation

n an ordered manner; orderliness by virtue of being methodical and well organized

organization, system
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methodicalness, orderliness
the quality of appreciating method and system

n an organized structure for arranging or classifying

arrangement, organization, system
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classification system
a system for classifying things
an artificial or unnatural or obviously contrived arrangement of details or parts etc.
coordinate system, frame of reference, reference frame, reference system
a system that uses coordinates to establish position
data structure
(computer science) the organization of data (and its storage allocations in a computer)
design, plan
an arrangement scheme
distribution, statistical distribution
(statistics) an arrangement of values of a variable showing their observed or theoretical frequency of occurrence
genetic map
graphical representation of the arrangement of genes on a chromosome
kinship system
(anthropology) the system of social relationships that constitute kinship in a particular culture, including the terminology that is used and the reciprocal obligations that are entailed
an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern in 2 or 3 dimensions
living arrangement
an arrangement to allow people (or ideas) to coexist
(computer science) a rigorous and exhaustive organization of some knowledge domain that is usually hierarchical and contains all the relevant entities and their relations
a system of timekeeping that defines the beginning and length and divisions of the year
Dewey decimal classification, Dewey decimal system, decimal system of classification
a system used by libraries to classify nonfictional publications into subject categories; the subject is indicated by a three-digit numeral and further specification is given by numerals following a decimal point; publications are shelved by number
Cartesian coordinate system
a coordinate system for which the coordinates of a point are its distances from a set perpendicular lines that intersect at the origin of the system
a flat distribution having equal frequencies of occurrence
configuration, constellation
an arrangement of parts or elements
Bravais lattice, crystal lattice, space lattice
a 3-dimensional geometric arrangement of the atoms or molecules or ions composing a crystal
hierarchical data structure, hierarchical structure
a structure of data having several levels arranged in a treelike structure
hierarchical classification system
a classification system where entries are arranged based on some hierarchical structure
file system, filing system
a system of classifying into files (usually arranged alphabetically)
grouping, pigeonholing
a system for classifying things into groups
rating system, scoring system
a system of classifying according to quality or merit or amount
ABO blood group system, ABO group, ABO system
a classification system for the antigens of human blood; used in blood transfusion therapy; four groups are A and B and AB and O
a plan or design of something that is laid out
snare, trap
something (often something deceptively attractive) that catches you unawares
inertial frame, inertial reference frame
a coordinate system in which Newton's first law of motion is valid
space-time, space-time continuum
the four-dimensional coordinate system (3 dimensions of space and 1 of time) in which physical events are located
frequency distribution
a distribution of observed frequencies of occurrence of the values of a variable
Gaussian distribution, normal distribution
a theoretical distribution with finite mean and variance
Poisson distribution
a theoretical distribution that is a good approximation to the binomial distribution when the probability is small and the number of trials is large
sample, sample distribution, sampling
items selected at random from a population and used to test hypotheses about the population
Bernoulli distribution, binomial distribution
a theoretical distribution of the number of successes in a finite set of independent trials with a constant probability of success
hotel plan, meal plan
a plan and a room rate for providing a room and meals to guests at a hotel
lunar calendar
a calendar based on lunar cycles
lunisolar calendar
a calendar based on both lunar and solar cycles
solar calendar
a calendar based on solar cycles
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the complex composition of knowledge as elements and their combinations

n the act of forming or establishing something

constitution, establishment, formation, organization
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unionisation, unionization
act of forming labor unions
collectivisation, collectivization
the organization of a nation or economy on the basis of collectivism
communisation, communization
the organization of a nation of the basis of communism
the act of constituting a political unity out of a number of separate states or colonies or provinces so that each member retains the management of its internal affairs
colonisation, colonization, settlement
the act of colonizing; the establishment of colonies
the act of populating (causing to live in a place)
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beginning, commencement, start
the act of starting something

n a group of people who work together

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Association of Orangemen
a Protestant political organization in Northern Ireland
Air Force Research Laboratory
a United States Air Force defense laboratory responsible for discovering and developing and integrating fighting technologies for aerospace forces
Army High Performance Computing Research Center
a United States defense laboratory to conduct research in high-performance computing for defense technology applications; a partnership of government and university and industry
Naval Research Laboratory
the United States Navy's defense laboratory that conducts basic and applied research for the Navy in a variety of scientific and technical disciplines
United States Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory
a defense laboratory of the Criminal Investigation Command; the United States Army's primary forensic laboratory in support of criminal intelligence
an international organization that works for environmental conservation and the preservation of endangered species
Ku Klux Klan
a secret society of white Southerners in the United States; was formed in the 19th century to resist the emancipation of slaves; used terrorist tactics to suppress Black people
a Nicaraguan counterrevolutionary guerrilla force from 1979 to 1990; it opposed a left-wing government, with support from the United States
Pesh Merga
a Kurdish guerrilla force in Iraqi Kurdistan
a Sunni organization formed in 1989 and based in Pakistan; opposes missionary groups from the United States; has Lashkar-e-Tayyiba as its armed wing
Laurel and Hardy
United States slapstick comedy duo who made many films together
the federal government of the United States
a rock group from Liverpool who between 1962 and 1970 produced a variety of hit songs and albums (most of them written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon)
Lewis and Clark Expedition
an expedition sent by Thomas Jefferson to explore the northwestern territories of the United States; led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark; traveled from St. Louis to the mouth of the Columbia River from 1803 to 1806
Tamil Eelam
the independent state that the Tamil Tigers have fought for
Manhattan Project
a former United States executive agency that was responsible for developing atomic bombs during World War II
Medellin cartel
a drug cartel in Colombia; controlled the production of cocaine from the 1970s until 1993 when the leader was killed
Cali cartel
a drug cartel that seized control of cocaine production in Colombia in 1993; adopted techniques used by terrorist organizations (small cells and sophisticated communications equipment and close ties with politicians etc.)
an ancient city state on the north African coast near modern Tunis; founded by Phoenicians; destroyed and rebuilt by Romans; razed by Arabs in 697
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an organization with little or no structure
a subsidiary or subordinate organization that is affiliated with another organization
any organization in which action is obstructed by insistence on unnecessary procedures and red tape
NGO, nongovernmental organization
an organization that is not part of the local or state or federal government
Tammany, Tammany Hall, Tammany Society
a political organization within the Democratic Party in New York City (late 1800's and early 1900's) seeking political control by corruption and bossism
an organization that is controlled by a dominant person or group
line of defence, line of defense
any organization whose responsibility it is to defend against something
line organisation, line organization
the organizational structure of activities contributing directly to the organization's output
a formal organization of people or groups of people
a politically organized unit
quango, quasi-NGO
a quasi nongovernmental organization; an organization that is financed by the government yet acts independently of the government
establishment, institution
an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
an organization created for business ventures
defence, defence force, defense, defense force
an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
any large organization
fire brigade, fire company
a private or temporary organization of individuals equipped to fight fires
company, troupe
organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical)
social unit, unit
an organization regarded as part of a larger social group
Peace Corps
a civilian organization sponsored by the United States government; helps people in developing countries
force, personnel
group of people willing to obey orders
brotherhood, labor union, trade union, trades union, union
an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer
musical group, musical organisation, musical organization
an organization of musicians who perform together
party, political party
an organization to gain political power
machine, political machine
a group that controls the activities of a political party
an intricate organization that accomplishes its goals efficiently
professional organisation, professional organization
an organization of and for professional people
alignment, alinement, alliance, coalition
an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
an organization formed by merging several groups or parties
hierarchy, pecking order, power structure
the organization of people at different ranks in an administrative body
commission, delegacy, delegation, deputation, mission
a group of representatives or delegates
Girl Scouts
an organization of young women and girls founded in 1912 for character development and citizenship training
any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are blue
gray, grey
any organization or party whose uniforms or badges are grey
any organization that provides resources and facilities for a function or event
an organization of people or resources that can be shared
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)
AA, Alcoholics Anonymous
an international organization that provides a support group for persons trying to overcome alcoholism
a local unit of the Ku Klux Klan
Red Cross
an international organization that cares for the sick or wounded or homeless in wartime
Salvation Army
a charitable and religious organization to evangelize and to care for the poor and homeless
UTN, Umma Tameer-e-Nau
a nongovernmental organization of Pakistani scientists that has been a supporter of terrorism; has provided information about chemical and biological and nuclear warfare to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda and the Taliban
NT, National Trust
an organization concerned to preserve historic monuments and buildings and places of historical interest or natural beauty; founded in 1895 and supported by endowment and private subscription
authorities, government, regime
the organization that is the governing authority of a political unit
medical institution
an institution created for the practice of medicine
financial institution, financial organisation, financial organization
an institution (public or private) that collects funds (from the public or other institutions) and invests them in financial assets
an institution that issues something (securities or publications or currency etc.)
an institution set up to provide help to the needy
an unusually large enterprise
members of a cooperative enterprise
an institution created to conduct business
business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern
a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it
a group that defends a principle
commercial enterprise
an enterprise connected with commerce
administrative body, administrative unit
a unit with administrative responsibilities
a unit of firefighters including their equipment
family, home, house, household, menage
a social unit living together
faith, organized religion, religion
an institution to express belief in a divine power
American Baptist Convention, Northern Baptist Convention
an association of Northern Baptists
Southern Baptist Convention
an association of Southern Baptists
vicariate, vicarship
the religious institution under the authority of a vicar
general delivery, poste restante
the part of a post office that handles mail for persons who call for it
a subsidiary organ of government created for a special purpose
ICU, intensive care unit
a hospital unit staffed and equipped to provide intensive care
a group of religious congregations having its own organization and a distinctive faith
an organization that is a member of another organization (especially a state that belongs to a group of nations)
an alliance of nations joining together to fight a common enemy
axis, bloc
a group of countries in special alliance
in World War I the alliance of Great Britain and France and Russia and all the other nations that became allied with them in opposing the Central Powers
Central Powers
in World War I the alliance of Germany and Austria-Hungary and other nations allied with them in opposing the Allies
the alliance of nations that fought the Axis in World War II and which (with subsequent additions) signed the charter of the United Nations in 1945
in World War II the alliance of Germany and Italy in 1936 which later included Japan and other nations
entente, entente cordiale
an informal alliance between countries
opera company
a company that produces operas
theater company
a company that produces plays
ballet company
a company that produces ballets
a group of people assembled to sing together
Greek chorus, chorus
a company of actors who comment (by speaking or singing in unison) on the action in a classical Greek play
a group of musicians playing or singing together
a travelling company of entertainers; including trained animals
minstrel show
a troupe of performers in blackface typically giving a comic program of negro songs and jokes
a troupe of minstrels
guerilla force, guerrilla force
an irregular armed force that fights by sabotage and harassment; often rural and organized in large groups
armed service, military service, service
a force that is a branch of the armed forces
force, military force, military group, military unit
a unit that is part of some military service
armed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine
the military forces of a nation
paramilitary, paramilitary force, paramilitary organisation, paramilitary organization, paramilitary unit
a group of civilians organized in a military fashion (especially to operate in place of or to assist regular army troops)
task force
a semipermanent unit created to carry out a continuing task
squad, team
a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
constabulary, law, police, police force
the force of policemen and officers
private security force, security force
a privately employed group hired to protect the security of a business or industry
MP, military police
a military corps that enforces discipline and guards prisoners
hands, manpower, men, work force, workforce
the force of workers available
a unit of 8 to 10 cub scouts
a division of an orchestra containing all instruments of the same class
an association formed and operated for the benefit of those using it
club, gild, guild, lodge, order, social club, society
a formal association of people with similar interests
family, fellowship
an association of people who share common beliefs or activities
American Legion
the largest organization of United States war veterans
VFW, Veterans of Foreign Wars
an organization of United States war veterans
conference, league
an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
industrial union, vertical union
a labor union that admits all workers in a given industry irrespective of their craft
AFL, American Federation of Labor
a federation of North American labor unions that merged with the Congress of Industrial Organizations in 1955
AFL-CIO, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations
the largest federation of North American labor unions; formed in 1955
CIO, Congress of Industrial Organizations
a federation of North American industrial unions that merged with the American Federation of Labor in 1955
craft union
a labor union whose membership is restricted to workers in a particular craft
company union
a union of workers for a single company; a union not affiliated with a larger union
secret society
a society that conceals its activities from nonmembers
consortium, pool, syndicate
an association of companies for some definite purpose
professional association
an association of practitioners of a given profession
crew, gang, work party
an organized group of workmen
Fabian Society
an association of British socialists who advocate gradual reforms within the law leading to democratic socialism
gang, mob, pack, ring
an association of criminals
duet, duette, duo
two performers or singers who perform together
three performers or singers who perform together
quartet, quartette
four performers or singers who perform together
quintet, quintette
five performers or singers who perform together
sestet, sextet, sextette
six performers or singers who perform together
septet, septette
seven performers or singers who perform together
octet, octette
eight performers or singers who perform together
a musical organization consisting of a group of instrumentalists including string players
instrumentalists not including string players
band, dance band, dance orchestra
a group of musicians playing popular music for dancing
American Labor Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1936 in New York when labor and liberals bolted the Democratic Party
American Party, Know-Nothing Party
a former political party in the United States; active in the 1850s to keep power out of the hands of immigrants and Roman Catholics
Anti-Masonic Party
a former political party in the United States; founded in 1825 in opposition to Freemasonry in public affairs
Black Panthers
a militant Black political party founded in 1965 to end political dominance by Whites
Communist Party
a political party that actively advocates a communist form of government; in Communist countries it is the sole political party of the state
Conservative Party
a political party (especially in Great Britain or Australia) that believes in the importance of a capitalist economy with private ownership rather than state control
Constitutional Union Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1859 by former Whigs who hoped to preserve the Union
Democratic Party
the older of two major political parties in the United States
Democratic-Republican Party
a former major political party in the United States in the early 19th century; opposed the old Federalist party; favored a strict interpretation of the constitution in order to limit the powers of the federal government
Farmer-Labor Party
a former minor political party in the United States in the early 20th century
American Federalist Party, Federal Party, Federalist Party
a major political party in the United States in the early 19th century; founded by Alexander Hamilton; favored a strong centralized government
Free Soil Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1848 to oppose the extension of slavery into the territories; merged with the Liberty Party in 1848
the French moderate political party that was in power (1791-1793) during the French Revolution
Green Party
an environmentalist political party
Greenback Party
a former political party in the United States; organized in 1874; opposed any reduction in the amount of paper money in circulation
Guomindang, Kuomintang
the political party founded in 1911 by Sun Yat-sen; it governed China under Chiang Kai-shek from 1928 until 1949 when the Communists took power and subsequently was the official ruling party of Taiwan
labor party, labour party
a left-of-center political party formed to represent the interest of ordinary working people
Liberal Democrat Party
a political party in Great Britain; formerly the Liberal Party; advocates reforms and improvement of the conditions of working people
Liberal Party
a political party in Australia, Canada, and other nations, and formerly in Great Britain
Liberty Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1839 to oppose the practice of slavery; merged with the Free Soil Party in 1848
Militant Tendency
a Trotskyist political organization in Great Britain set up in 1964 inside the Labour Party
National Socialist German Workers' Party, Nazi Party
the political party founded in Germany in 1919 and brought to power by Hitler in 1933
People's Party, Populist Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1891 to advocate currency expansion and state control of railroads
Bull Moose Party, Progressive Party
a former political party in the United States; founded by Theodore Roosevelt during the presidential campaign of 1912; its emblem was a picture of a bull moose
Prohibition Party
a political party in the United States; formed in 1869 to oppose the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages
GOP, Republican Party
the younger of two major political parties in the United States; GOP is an acronym for grand old party
Social Democratic Party
a political party in Germany and Britain (and elsewhere) founded in late 19th century; originally Marxist; now advocates the gradual transformation of capitalism into democratic socialism
Socialist Labor Party
a political party in the United States; formed in 1874 to advocate the peaceful introduction of socialism
Socialist Party
a political party in the United States formed in 1900 to advocate socialism
Dixiecrats, States' Rights Democratic Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1948 by Democrats from southern states in order to oppose to the candidacy of Harry S Truman
war party
a political party that supports a war
Whig Party
a former political party in the United States; formed in 1834 in opposition to the Democratic Party; advocated a loose interpretation of the Constitution and high protective tariffs
third party
a political party organized in opposition to the major parties in a two-party system
association of ex-servicemen
a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose
the men and women who man a vehicle (ship, aircraft, etc.)
scout group, scout troop, troop
a unit of Girl or Boy Scouts
any cohesive unit such as a military company
educational institution
an institution dedicated to education
academy, honorary society
an institution for the advancement of art or science or literature
popular front
a leftist coalition organized against a common opponent
global organization, international organisation, international organization, world organisation, world organization
an international alliance involving many different countries
CORE, Congress of Racial Equality
an organization founded by James Leonard Farmer in 1942 to work for racial equality
chamber of commerce
an association of businessmen to protect and promote business interests
citizens committee, committee
a self-constituted organization to promote something
a group that goes through a region at regular intervals for the purpose of security
Trojan horse, fifth column
a subversive group that supports the enemy and engages in espionage or sabotage; an enemy in your midst
political entity, political unit
a unit with political responsibilities
Union Army
the northern army during the American Civil War
Army of the Confederacy, Confederate Army
the southern army during the American Civil War
military personnel, soldiery, troops
soldiers collectively
rank, rank and file
the ordinary members of an organization (such as the enlisted soldiers of an army)
diplomatic mission
a mission serving diplomatic ends
an ambassador and his entourage collectively
foreign mission, mission, missionary post, missionary station
an organization of missionaries in a foreign land sent to carry on religious work
the major political party opposed to the party in office and prepared to replace it if elected
an association organized to promote art or science or education
sisterhood, sistership
an association or society of women who are linked together by a common religion or trade or interest
one of two or more contesting groups
working group, working party
a group of people working together temporarily until some goal is achieved
personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task
line personnel
personnel having direct job performance responsibilities
management personnel
personnel having overall planning and direction responsibilities
I.W.W., IWW, Industrial Workers of the World
a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States; founded in Chicago in 1905 and dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism; its membership declined after World War I
Northern Alliance, United Front
a multiethnic alliance in Afghanistan who practice a moderate form of Islam and are united in their opposition to the Taliban
typing pool
a group of typists who can work for different persons
AARP, Association for the Advancement of Retired Persons
an association of people to promote the welfare of senior citizens
National Association of Realtors
a United States association of real estate agents which follows a strict code of ethics
ASEAN, Association of Southeast Asian Nations
an association of nations dedicated to economic and political cooperation in southeastern Asia and who joined with the United States to fight against global terrorism
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social group
people sharing some social relation

n the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something

administration, brass, establishment, governance, governing body, organization
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(Roman Catholic Church) the central administration governing the Roman Catholic Church
top brass
the most important persons in a governing body
persons who administer the law
bench, judiciary
persons who administer justice
county council
the elected governing body of a county
government officials, officialdom
people elected or appointed to administer a government
those in charge of running a business
Bush administration
the executive under President George W. Bush
Clinton administration
the executive under President Clinton
Bush administration
the executive under President George H. W. Bush
Reagan administration
the executive under President Reagan
Carter administration
the executive under President Carter
civil service
government workers; usually hired on the basis of competitive examinations
the management of a gambling house or casino
bureaucracy, bureaucratism
nonelective government officials
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a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity

n the act of organizing a business or an activity related to a business

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nonprofit, nonprofit organization, not-for-profit
an organization chartered for other than profit-making activities
rationalisation, rationalization
the organization of a business according to scientific principles of management in order to increase efficiency
reorganisation, reorganization, shake-up, shakeup
the imposition of a new organization; organizing differently (often involving extensive and drastic changes)
self-organisation, self-organization
organizing yourself (especially organizing your own labor union)
organizing into or administering as a syndicate
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administration, disposal
a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)

n the activity or result of distributing or disposing persons or things properly or methodically

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randomisation, randomization
a deliberately haphazard arrangement of observations so as to simulate chance
rationalisation, rationalization, systematisation, systematization
systematic organization; the act of organizing something according to a system or a rationale
order, ordering
the act of putting things in a sequential arrangement
itemisation, itemization, listing
the act of making a list of items
territorialisation, territorialization
the act of organizing as a territory
the act of codifying; arranging in a systematic order
formalisation, formalization
the act of making formal (as by stating formal rules governing classes of expressions)
rank order
an arrangement according to rank
grading, scaling
the act of arranging in a graduated series
sequence, succession
the action of following in order
the act of laying out (as by making plans for something)
alphabetisation, alphabetization
the act of putting in alphabetical order
inventory, inventorying, stock-taking, stocktaking
making an itemized list of merchandise or supplies on hand
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any specific behavior

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