• WordNet 3.6
    • n administration the act of meting out justice according to the law
    • n administration the act of administering medication
    • n administration the act of governing; exercising authority "regulations for the governing of state prisons","he had considerable experience of government"
    • n administration a method of tending to or managing the affairs of a some group of people (especially the group's business affairs)
    • n administration the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up a body for the purpose of administering something "he claims that the present administration is corrupt","the governance of an association is responsible to its members","he quickly became recognized as a member of the establishment"
    • n administration the tenure of a president "things were quiet during the Eisenhower administration"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Food and Drug Administration says the most common injury from cosmetics comes from scratching the eye with a mascara wand
    • Administration The act of administering, or tendering something to another; dispensation; as, the administration of a medicine, of an oath, of justice, or of the sacrament.
    • Administration The act of administering; government of public affairs; the service rendered, or duties assumed, in conducting affairs; the conducting of any office or employment; direction; management. "His financial administration was of a piece with his military administration ."
    • Administration The executive part of government; the persons collectively who are intrusted with the execution of laws and the superintendence of public affairs; the chief magistrate and his cabinet or council; or the council, or ministry, alone, as in Great Britain. "A mild and popular administration .""The administration has been opposed in parliament."
    • Administration (Law) The management and disposal, under legal authority, of the estate of an intestate, or of a testator having no competent executor.
    • Administration (Law) The management of an estate of a deceased person by an executor, the strictly corresponding term execution not being in use.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: New York City's administrative code still requires that hitching posts be located in front of City Hall so that reporters can tie their horses.
    • n administration The act of administering; direction; management; government of public affairs; the conducting of any office or employment.
    • n administration The duty or duties of an administrator; specifically, the executive functions of government, consisting in the exercise of all the powers and duties of government, both general and local, which are neither legislative nor judicial.
    • n administration The body of persons who are intrusted with the execution of laws and the superintendence of public affairs: in particular, in Great Britain, the ministry; in the United States, the President and cabinet, or the President and cabinet during one presidential term: as, Washington's first administration.
    • n administration Any body of men intrusted with executive or administrative powers.
    • n administration The period during which an executive officer or a ministry holds office; specifically, in the United States, the period during which the President holds office.
    • n administration Dispensation; distribution; rendering: as, the administration of justice, of the sacraments, or of grace.
    • n administration The act of prescribing medically.
    • n administration The act of tendering or imposing, as an oath.
    • n administration In law: The management of the estate of an intestate person, or of a testator having no competent executor, under a commission (called letters of administration) from the proper authority. This management consists in collecting debts, paying debts and legacies, and distributing surplus among the next of kin.
    • n administration In some jurisdictions, the management of the estate of a deceased person by an executor, the corresponding term execution not being in use. Administration of a deceased person's estate may be granted for general, special, or limited purposes; as: Administration durante absentia (during absence), when the next person entitled to the grant is beyond sea.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: South Africa is the only country to have three capital cities: one for each branch of its government (Administrative, Legislative, and Judicial).
    • n Administration the act of administering: management: dispensation of sacraments: the power or party that administers the government of the country
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  • Robert M. Hutchins
    Robert M. Hutchins
    “The three major administrative problems on a campus are sex for the students, athletics for the alumni, and parking for the faculty.”
  • Robert Heller
    Robert Heller
    “The difference between management and administration(which is what the bureaucrats used to do exclusively) is the difference between choice and rigidity.”
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
    “Unlike presidential administrations, problems rarely have terminal dates.”
  • Lord Acton
    Lord Acton
    “Every thing secret degenerates, even the administration of justice; nothing is safe that does not show how it can bear discussion and publicity.”
  • Lyndon B. Johnson
    “This administration today, here and now, declares unconditional war on poverty in America. I urge this Congress and all Americans to join with me in that effort.”
  • Ralph Nader
    Ralph Nader
    “This administration is not sympathetic to corporations, it is indentured to corporations.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. administracioun, L. administratio,: cf. F. administration,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr. from L. administrāre—ad, to, and ministrāre, to minister.


In literature:

The commanded area is nearly 450,000 acres, including 40,000 beyond our administrative frontier.
"The Panjab, North-West Frontier Province, and Kashmir" by Sir James McCrone Douie
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
With Jefferson's administration disappeared the Federal party and the old distrust of the common people.
"The Negro and the Nation" by George S. Merriam
In either case the path was cleared for a new Administration.
"The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 2 of 2" by Edgerton Ryerson
During these five administrations, at least two important extensions or assertions of executive power were made.
"Historical Essays" by James Ford Rhodes
During Walpole's administration the whigs became split into sections.
"The Political History of England - Vol. X." by William Hunt
Its logical successor will be a United British Empire, federated in policy but not in administration.
"An African Adventure" by Isaac F. Marcosson
It determined to place the local administration in the hands of thirteen counsellors, to retain their offices for one year.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 11" by Various
This proposition raised a cry of alarm from those in the house opposed to the administration.
"Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3." by Benson J. Lossing
In May, 1804, occurred a change of administration in England, bringing Pitt again into power.
"Sea Power in its Relations to the War of 1812" by Alfred Thayer Mahan
In these administrations they have in charge sixteen thousand souls.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 (Vol 28 of 55)" by Various
Toombs and Stephens naturally stood very near the administration.
"Robert Toombs" by Pleasant A. Stovall
The ancient counties were superseded for most practical purposes by the administrative counties created by the Local Government Act of 1888.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 4" by Various
As the administrative headquarters of the district, Calicut maintains its historical importance.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
At the opening of his administration, Washington became ill and no important business was done until September.
"The Greater Republic" by Charles Morris
These men are the administrators, or managers.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
But I doubt if the administration of either of these men was so completely a party administration as that of General Taylor.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 3 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
There are two Canadian histories of his Canadian administration, one by George Stewart (1878), the other by W. Leggo (1878).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
The number of regulations is scarcely to be regarded as a test of their administrative success.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
This popular sentiment was further strengthened by the Administration's attitude at the opening of Lincoln's second term.
"Readings in Money and Banking" by Chester Arthur Phillips

In poetry:

Sun-drenched beaches with their golden sands
were hidden under red carpets.
Sufferers from cowardice and jaundice
were subjected to severe administrative reassignment.
A protest campaign led by wasps and bees
had its sting drawn by honeyed words.
"The Commission for Equalising Things" by Raymond Queneau

In news:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will not seek to arrest medical marijuana users and suppliers as long as they conform to state laws, under policy guidelines to be sent to federal prosecutors today.
A spokesman for the Maryland Transit Administration says the agency's police department is not going to be making any arrests related to a vicious fight on-board one of their buses.
A New York Hospital administrator, Judith Lilavois, said Ashe died at 3:13 pm of pneumonia, a complication of AIDS.
The Food and Drug Administration last week approved a humanitarian-use device designation for SynCardia's artificial heart .
Bush Administration Says Title IX Should Stay as It Is .
The Breakdown In April, it was revealed that the Obama Administration has authorized the CIA to target and kill American-born Islamic cleric, and alleged Al Qaeda operative, Anwar al-Awlaki.
Administration Asserted a Terror Exception on Search and Seizure.
FOR an increasing number of Long Island school superintendents, retirement is just the start of another career in education -- as interim school administrators.
College administrators say the sluggish economy, tuition increases and limits on available financial aid are driving down enrollment this fall at most Illinois public universities.
Recently the City announced that CARTA has turned over parking enforcement duties to third party administrator Republic Parking starting this month.
Atchison Casting Corporation's Roll-Making Operations in England Put into Administration.
Allegations of "improper and illegal acts" will likely spur the Long Beach City Council on Tuesday to order an independent investigation into how port officials are handling their search for new administrative offices.
The General Services Administration is laying the groundwork for an effort to reach a zero environmental footprint, a goal that Administrator Martha Johnson compared to the pinnacle of the nation's space program.
The letter sent on behalf of the Cuomo administration's task force to investigate the executive, administrator and board compensation practices at not-for-profit s that receive taxpayer support from the State of New York.
After three tries, President Obama has an administrator for the Transportation Security Administration.

In science:

We have also simplified and enhanced the version history interface, so that users with administrative privileges may download, view or audit any of the versions of a file. These priveleged users are able to insert files into the repository, or update a file with a version edited outside TellTable.
TellTable Spreadsheet Audit: from Technical Possibility to Operating Prototype
This progress confirms our belief that the TellTable framework is a valuable approach to managing some of the risks in spreadsheet design. From the point of view of the enterprise, TellTable allows the server administrator to control the versions and audit history of spreadsheet files.
TellTable Spreadsheet Audit: from Technical Possibility to Operating Prototype
Department of Energy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Japanese Monbukagakusho, the Max Planck Society, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Fifteen new T dwarfs discovered in the UKIDSS Large Area Survey
With this tool it is possible for an administrator of a VoIP network to test how vulnerable his system is.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
The result is, that an administrator who uses Device Fingerprinting in order to protect his system, must always keep the list of fingerprints up to date.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
Any calls of this user are blocked or marked as SPIT, until the administrator of the VoIP network updates the fingerprint list and this procedure will repeat any time a new firmware version is rolled out or new clients are released.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
As described demanding payment for each call won’t be very realistic, because this would require a high administrative overhead and more costs for service providers.
SPAM over Internet Telephony and how to deal with it
The work described here was carried out at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Experimental Tests of General Relativity
OS also thanks the Mount Stromlo administration for uncomplicated re-scheduling at Siding Spring after the 74-in telescope at Stromlo was lost in the January 18, 2003 bushfires.
A Spectroscopic Survey of WNL Stars in the LMC: General Properties and Binary Status
The modeling languages that have been used from the outset to describe “systems”, be they physical (e.g., moving ob jects, fluids, electric circuits), logical (e.g., algorithms), or even social or economic ones (e.g., administrations) are no exception and incorporate a more or less abstract idea of time.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
In some applicative domains having administrative, business, or financial implications, the change of time granularity is often paired with a reference to a global time calendar that evolves in a synchronous way.
Modeling Time in Computing: A Taxonomy and a Comparative Survey
This work was performed under the auspices of the National Nuclear Security Administration of the U.S.
The Impact of Neutrino Magnetic Moments on the Evolution of Massive Stars
This research has made use of the NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database (NED) which is operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Dynamical Centers and Non-Circular Motions in THINGS Galaxies: Implications for Dark Matter Halos
The administrators of the main european cities such as London, Paris and Madrid, soon noticed a strong correlation between the illumination of streets and public spaces and the diminution in the crime rates.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age
In other aspects, however, Preece was a competent engineer and administrator.
Simple circuit theory and the solution of two electricity problems from the Victorian Age