• WordNet 3.6
    • n association the act of consorting with or joining with others "you cannot be convicted of criminal guilt by association"
    • n association the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination "conditioning is a form of learning by association"
    • n association (ecology) a group of organisms (plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species
    • n association a formal organization of people or groups of people "he joined the Modern Language Association"
    • n association (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
    • n association a relation resulting from interaction or dependence "flints were found in association with the prehistoric remains of the bear","the host is not always injured by association with a parasite"
    • n association a social or business relationship "a valuable financial affiliation","he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team","many close associations with England"
    • n association the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination "his association of his father with being beaten was too strong to break"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Parma ham is only Parma ham if it is made in the Parma region of Italy. The British chain supermarket Asda, made and packaged its own "Parma ham" and was successfully sued by the real Parma ham people (Parma Ham Trade Association)
    • Association Mental connection, or that which is mentally linked or associated with a thing. "Words . . . must owe their powers association .""Why should . . . the holiest words, with all their venerable associations , be profaned?"
    • Association The act of associating, or state of being associated; union; connection, whether of persons of things. "Some . . . bond of association .""Self-denial is a kind of holy association with God."
    • Association Union of persons in a company or society for some particular purpose; as, the American Association for the Advancement of Science; a benevolent association . Specifically, as among the Congregationalists, a society, consisting of a number of ministers, generally the pastors of neighboring churches, united for promoting the interests of religion and the harmony of the churches.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: During World War II, Russians used dogs strapped with explosives to blow up German tanks. They trained the dogs to associate the tanks with food and ended up destroying about 25 German tanks using this method
    • n association The act of associating or the state of being associated. Connection of persons or things; union.
    • n association A union or connection of ideas. See association of ideas, below.
    • n association An organized union of persons for a common purpose; a body of persons acting together for the promotion of some object of mutual interest or advantage; a partnership, corporation, or society: as, the Association for the Advancement of Science; a political or charitable association.
    • n association In physical chemistry, the union of chemical molecules to form more complex aggregates; especially, the union of the molecules of a vapor to form more complex aggregates when the temperature is reduced nearly to the boiling-point, or when they condense into liquids. Acetic acid at 250° C. consists of molecules weighing sixty times the atom of hydrogen, but at 125° C. about half of the molecules weigh twice as much, which proves that two thirds of its gaseous molecules show association of two normal molecules into one. Amer. Jour. Sci., June, 1904, p. 428.
    • n association In phytogeography, the aggregation of plant individuals initiated by reproduction on the spot of growth, but finally determined by environment. See formation and plant association.
    • n association A local aggregation of plants within a formation characterized more by the species which compose it than by any biological peculiarity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Homosexuality remained on the American Psychiatric Association's list of mental illnesses until 1973.
    • Association act of associating: union or combination: a society of persons joined together to promote some object
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  • Josh Billings
    “A puppy plays with every pup he meets, but an old dog has few associates.”
  • Hitopadesa
    “The mind is lowered through association with inferiors. With equals it attains equality; and with superiors, superiority.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The superiority of some men is merely local. They are great because their associates are little.”
  • Fred A. Allen
    “An associate producer is the only guy in Hollywood who will associate with a producer.”
  • Robert Frost
    “An idea is a feat of association, and the height of it is a good metaphor.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “A judge who cannot punish, in the end associates themselves with the criminal.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. association, LL. associatio, fr. L. associare,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. associātum, associāread, to socius, a companion.


In literature:

The former is the President of the Nineteenth Ward Citizens' Association, and the latter the leader of the Reform Democracy.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
These associated symptoms in connexion with kidney disease were first described in 1827 by Dr Richard Bright (1789-1858).
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
The finances of the Association this year are in a more troublesome situation than any year since the undersigned had charge.
"Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the" by Various
These cakes, which are now solely associated with the Christian Good Friday, are traceable to the remotest period of pagan history.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
Watch carefully the associations of the youth.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
I might tell you how the idea of the nut growers association arose.
"Northern Nut Growers Report of the Proceedings at the Twenty-First Annual Meeting" by Northern Nut Growers Association
In 1627, under the great cardinal's patronage, the Company of One Hundred Associates was formed.
"Canada: the Empire of the North" by Agnes C. Laut
I never understood why you associated with him.
"The Mask" by Arthur Hornblow
The latest census gives the total membership of their associations as 45,030.
"A History of American Christianity" by Leonard Woolsey Bacon
The spirit of the coming era is that of organized fellowship and associated effort.
"Victorian Worthies" by George Henry Blore

In poetry:

"What word is sweeter than mother,
What place is dearer than home?"
These words are our associates
Wherever in life we roam.
"Motherly Emotions" by Frank Barbour Coffin
The sound creates its wonted frame:
My bed at home, the songster hid
Behind the wainscoting,--all came
As long association bid.
"Fact Or Fancy?" by James Russell Lowell
Associate Genius bids them flow
With sounds that give a charm to woe;
We weep as tho' it were our own,
As if our hearts were play'd upon.
"Lines Upon The Rev. Mr,C----‘s Impromptu Compositions" by Sir John Carr
We may build more splendid habitations,
Fill our rooms with paintings and with sculptures,
But we cannot
Buy with gold the old associations!
"The Golden Mile-Stone. (Birds Of Passage. Flight The First)" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The moon in partial fullness, mild, serene,
Flooding the landscape with her mellow light,
Illumined every old familiar scene,
Brought their associations to her sight.
"From A Saxon Legend." by Alfred Castner King
Betty Yack of Mittyack, joined, while still quite charming,
That association having aims for better farming.
"So far, so good, my bitter Bet," remarked her husband, Otto.
"If you join associations you must then adopt the motto."
"The Alternative - 1927" by C J Dennis

In news:

Ramon Espinosa, The Associated Press, The Associated Press.
Phil Noble/Press Association, via Associated Press.
Associated Press/Courtesy of Mary Ann Husnay In this undated photo released by Mary Ann Husnay is receptionist Shirley DeLucia who called 911 after being shot by a gunman at the American Civic Association in Binghamton, N.Y.
The association can only collect what is needed to meet the past due obligation and while this is becoming a concern among condo renters , Homeowners Associations can apply the same law in those communities.
The Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse Association will host a horse show July 10 and 11 at the fairgrounds in Lawrenceburg, the association announced in a news release.
The Collier Building Industry Association will honor the best builders and associate members next week.
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association ( GAMA ) board of directors approved Flight Design and Sandel Avionics yesterday as the association's newest members.
The studios then sent screeners to thousands of other awards voters, including groups such as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the Screen Actors Guild and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which presents the Golden Globes.
ASCD, the international education leadership association, announced that Byrne Creek Secondary School in British Columbia, is the 2012 winner of the association's Vision in Action: The ASCD Whole Child Award.
The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has named Craig Spence as acting Secretary General of the International Council of Aircraft Owner and Pilot Association (IAOPA).
The National Thoroughbred Racing Association's ongoing efforts in Washington, DC have become the major carrot as the organization seeks to sign up horsemen's associations for five-year memberships effective in 2006.
On May 12, the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) and Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) will jointly produce the 2010 NTMA/PMA Contract Manufacturing Purchasing Fair.
Joyce Reed, President of the Big Bear Lake Resort Association, announced today the appointment of Rick Shoup as the Resort Association's new CEO.
Kevin Outterson, associate professor of Law and associate professor of Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights at Boston University School of Law, discusses Vermont's efforts to introduce a single payer healthcare system.
The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) have jointly released the updated 2011/2012 Study of the US Market for Windows, Doors and Skylights .

In science:

In Section 3 we introduce the left and right generalized diagonal crossed products A ⊲⊳δ A and A ⊲⊳δ A (which will turn out to be isomorphic), where A is an H -bimodule algebra and A is an associative algebra endowed with a two-sided coaction of H on it, and we prove their associativity.
Generalized diagonal crossed products and smash products for quasi-Hopf algebras. Applications
We prove now a sort of associativity property of generalized diagonal crossed products with respect to tensoring by an arbitrary associative algebra.
Generalized diagonal crossed products and smash products for quasi-Hopf algebras. Applications
Given a subset S ′ of the simple roots, we denote by ΦS ′ the associated root subsystem, and we denote by GS ′ (resp. G−S ′ ) the associated parabolic subgroup containing B (resp. B− ).
Simple Immersions of Wonderful Varieties
This is the case for deformations associated with a generalized Calabi-Yau manifold, where the relevant algebraic structure is that of a differential graded Lie algebra2 that is intrinsically associated with the generalized Calabi-Yau structure.
On Deformations of Generalized Complex Structures: the Generalized Calabi-Yau Case
The generalized K ¨ahler quotient of the Hamiltonian generalized K ¨ahler manifold associated to a Hamiltonian K ¨ahler manifold is the generalized K ¨ahler manifold associated to the K ¨ahler quotient.
Symmetries in generalized K\"{a}hler geometry