combination

Definitions

  • Tillage and sowing combination
    Tillage and sowing combination
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n combination the act of combining things to form a new whole
    • n combination the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order
    • n combination a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities
    • n combination 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)
    • n combination a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose "they were a winning combination"
    • n combination a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock "he forgot the combination to the safe"
    • n combination a coordinated sequence of chess moves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all the world'snuclear weapons combined.
    • Combination The act or process of combining or uniting persons and things. "Making new compounds by new combinations .""A solemn combination shall be made
      Of our dear souls."
    • Combination (Chem) The act or process of uniting by chemical affinity, by which substances unite with each other in definite proportions by weight to form distinct compounds.
    • Combination (Math) The different arrangements of a number of objects, as letters, into groups.
    • Combination The result of combining or uniting; union of persons or things; esp. a union or alliance of persons or states to effect some purpose; -- usually in a bad sense. "A combination of the most powerful men in Rome who had conspired my ruin."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Michael Jordan makes more money from Nike annually than all of the Nike factory workers in Malaysia combined
    • n combination The act of uniting in a whole, or the state of being so united; a coming together so as to form a group, sum, product, etc.; especially, the union of related parts in a complex whole: as, a combination of wheels and springs in a watch; a combination of ideas; a combination of circumstances.
    • n combination The whole or complex thus formed; the product of combining: as, a soft combination of stops in organ-playing.
    • n combination Specifically The union or association of two or more persons or parties for the attainment of some common end; a league: as, a political or a criminal combination; success is possible only through combination.
    • n combination In chem., chemical union; the production of a chemical compound.
    • n combination In mathematics, the union of a number of individuals in different groups, each containing a certain number of the individuals. Thus, the number of combinations of four figures taking two together is six (12, 13, 14, 23, 24, 34).
    • n combination At ball-pool, a designed shot by which a cue-ball makes one or more object-balls drive another into a pocket; at ordinary billiards one that similarly effects a carom or pocket.
    • n combination In lace-manufacture, a complex arrangement of threads.
    • n combination Same as combination-room.
    • n combination Same as combination garment.
    • n combination Specifically, in organ-playing, whatever stops are drawn for use in a particular piece or passage, or the tonal effect thus produced. The process or art of choosing the stops to be used is registration, but each particular choice is a combination.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The revenue that is generated from gambling is more than the revenue that comes from movies, cruise ships, recorded music, theme parks, and spectator sports combined
    • ns Combination the act of combining: union of individual things: persons united for a purpose
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Quotations

  • Henri Frederic Amiel
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    “For purposes of action nothing is more useful than narrowness of thought combined with energy of will.”
  • Bonstettin
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    “To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love.”
  • Oliver Goldsmith
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    “Unequal combinations are always disadvantageous to the weaker side.”
  • Andre Maurois
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    “Business is a combination of war and sport.”
  • Mark Twain
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    “A good memory and a tongue tied in the middle is a combination which gives immortality to conversation.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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    “Intelligence and courtesy not always are combined; Often in a wooden house a golden room we find.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. combinatio,. See Combine
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. combināre, to join—com, together, and bini, two and two.

Usage

In literature:

In some cases the fatty acids are combined with other bases than glycerol.
"The Handbook of Soap Manufacture" by W. H. Simmons
Now the trust is more than a combination for selling purposes only.
"Monopolies and the People" by Charles Whiting Baker
It may be air resonance, or sounding-board resonance, or both combined.
"The Psychology of Singing" by David C. Taylor
Combination square 17 11.
"Practical Mechanics for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
He combined brilliant speaking with brilliant writing.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
This process, which is the combination of the first two, is by far the most generally used in water purification.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
Consider the possibilities of combination also of the enormously varied disclosures of patents.
"The Classification of Patents" by United States Patent Office
Component: one part of a combined whole.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
The frontier was an incentive to sectional combination then as it was to nationalism afterward.
"The Frontier in American History" by Frederick Jackson Turner
They are also used in combination with shoddy and cotton to produce weft or filling yarns for a lower quality of goods.
"Textiles" by William H. Dooley
The two ideas come down to us allied or combined.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
SODA (sodium combined with oxygen) exists in the muscles, and in the same fluids in which potash is found.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Business life very shortly induces combination.
"The Evolution of the Country Community" by Warren H. Wilson
But such a man or woman almost always combines decided mental tendencies with his alimentiveness.
"How to Analyze People on Sight" by Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict
The sagas and the war songs {132} were the earliest expressions which later were combined with dramatic action.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
This play combines sparkling wit and brilliancy of imagination with delightful touches of pathos and delicate tenderness.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 7" by Various
The society combines a kind of freemasonry with political and law-enforcing aims.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
Seldom is a combined plan carried into full operation.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Its character, however, will be mainly determined by its combinations: p. 63.
"The Illustrated Self-Instructor in Phrenology and Physiology" by O. S. Fowler
The fact is that the combination of poet and philosopher in one man is an exceedingly dangerous combination.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
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In poetry:

Long have sin and woe combining,
Haggard care and pallid fear,
Show'd thy patience calmly shining,
Caus'd the sigh, the groan, the tear.
"On The Death Of A Poor But Excellent Man" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
With notes combin'd, alike they sing,
Responsive to the tuneful string,
Harmoniously alike they laud
With harp and voice th' eternal God.
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
Air, water, heavens, all combin'd,
Seem'd on the ship their wrath to pour,
Combin'd to sink it in the tide,
And keep it ever from the shore.
"The Tempest Stilled" by Thomas Frederick Young
A prophet-utterance, strong and wild,
The weakness of an unweaned child,
A sun-bright hope for human-kind,
And self-despair, in him combined.
"The Chapel of the Hermits" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Both law and gospel close combine,
To make each other's lustre shine;
The gospel all law-breakers shames;
The law all gospel-slighters damns.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
On the smooth brow and clustering hair
Myrtle and rose! your wreath combine;
The duller olive I would wear,
Its constancy, its peace, be mine.
"Ianthe" by Walter Savage Landor

In news:

The giant pandas, a gift to Taiwan from China, have names that combine to spell "reunion.".
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012, at 4 p.m. An Augusta couple who ran a combined beauty shop and gun store was charged Wednesday with federal firearms violations.
Combine spinach mixture with the remaining béchamel sauce and season with salt, cayenne and nutmeg.
At '21' Club, this salad is artfully composed, but the elements can be combined more casually at home.
Apparently some brilliant maniac has combined both of our favorite things into one conveniently portable package.
In shade, combining white begonias with any color of impatiens is a surefire way to create a colorful display in shade.
The mid-priced segment of the restaurant industry has been conquered by cooking-school graduates who create, plate, and garnish food in predictable ways, littering their menus with buzzwords, faddish ingredients, and ungainly combinations.
Michigan's David Molk hopes to break the bench-press record at this week's NFL combine.
Staff Benda Bilili is a band made up entirely of Congolese paraplegic street musicians whose output reveals relentless energy combined with an optimistic outlook.
After bending a few ears in the barn, Franken hopped in a combine to bend a few more.
"We asked if he wanted to do a little combining," Paap said.
Combine ingredients in shaker in the order listed.
Cooler weather combined with water temperatures dropping will end most anglers fishing season but a change in fishing techniques can lead to a productive day of fishing on New Lake.
BORA , a product division of Affinity Tool Works, introduced its new magnetic combination square hand tool.
Combining PBX and VoIP technology—the old with the new—creates a whole far greater than the sum of its parts.
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In science:

No other combination has been shown to robustly detect the signature of super-acceleration, although combining SNIa and baryon oscillation or weak lensing data set seem promising.
Stable Models of superacceleration
Suppose there exists a linear combination of webs which is zero, let us denote ci be the coefficient of this linear combination corresponding to the i-th web in the right-hand side of the equation 4.
Jones-Wenzl idempotents For Rank 2 Simple Lie algebras
The two generators are either a combination of SHR with CONG, a multiplicative congruential generator, which is the underlying generator of matlab’s randn, and the KISS generator , which combines also a multiply with carry register.
Design Flaws in the Implementation of the Ziggurat and Monty Python methods (and some remarks on Matlab randn)
Also, the table gives you in how many different combinations an odd number is written as a sum of three odd primes, and in what combinations.
Sequences of Numbers Involved in Unsolved Problems
According to London and Bauer this leads to the collapse, namely to the choice of a particular state from a linear combination of the correlated states describing the combined system, i.e., the instrument and the observed ob ject.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
What would cause the combined system to choose a particular state, i.e., a particular combined state |αi|a = f (α)i ? What would make the whole system decohere? There is nothing outside of it to help it decohere itself.
Founding quantum theory on the basis of consciousness
There are one-combinator bases, known as universal combinators.
Natural Halting Probabilities, Partial Randomness, and Zeta Functions
The combinations used were (1) alone (i.e., unimodal), (2) combinations of two (i.e., bimodal), and (3) a combination of all three (i.e., trimodal).
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Let Y = Si Yi , V = Li Vi and bV = Qi Vi , i.e., V is the vector space consisting of all finite linear combinations of elements of Y and bV is the vector space consisting of all linear combinations of elements of Y .
Pieri's Formula for Generalized Schur Polynomials
One can see that good combinations of Stage 3 data give 9D FoM improvements of an order of magnitude and strong Stage 4 data combinations give 9D FoM improvements of three orders of magnitude or more.
Evaluating Dark Energy Probes using Multi-Dimensional Dark Energy Parameters
Let Y = Si Yi , V = Li Vi and bV = Qi Vi , i.e., V is the vector space consisting of all finite linear combinations of elements of Y , and bV is the vector space consisting of all linear combinations of elements of Y .
An example of generalized Schur operators involving planar binary trees
Stokes I and Stokes V spectra are obtained by proper combinations of the 4 subexposures, while check spectra, labelled as N spectra, are calculated by combining the subexposures in such a way to yield a null signal, that can be used to verify the reality of the signal measured in Stokes V .
The magnetic field of the pre-main sequence Herbig Ae star HD 190073
Other recent work has shown that shell-model dynamics are dominated by a relatively few combinations of two-body matrix elements; why such select combinations give rise to collectivity or even pseudocollectivity is not immediately clear and not addressed by those authors.
A new puzzle for random interaction
Remark that any boolean combination of sets of the form {x ∈ Zm ; hα, xi ∈ c+n.Z} is a semi-Qm -pattern and any boolean combination in Qm of {x ∈ Qm ; hα, xi #c} is a polyhedron.
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
Since any state in Qi is co-reachable from TV , if such a boolean combination exists, there exists a boolean combination Q′ i of the set Qi and the sets Qi,H where H ∈ Hi such that Q′ i ∩ TV = F0 ∩ TV .
Least Significant Digit First Presburger Automata
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