liaison

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n liaison a channel for communication between groups "he provided a liaison with the guerrillas"
    • n liaison a usually secretive or illicit sexual relationship
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • liaison A person whose function it is to maintain such communication.
    • liaison A process of communication between parts of an organization or between two organizations acting together for a common purpose.
    • liaison (Phonetics) A pronunciation of a consonant sound that would be otherwise silent, such as the final consonant of certain French words, when the following word begins with a vowel sound.
    • liaison A union, or bond of union; an intimacy; an interrelationship.
    • liaison An illicit sexual relation between a man and a woman; a sexual afffair.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n liaison A bond of union; an intimacy; entanglement; commonly, an illicit intimacy between a man and a woman.
    • n liaison In the French language, the linking or joining in pronunciation of a final consonant, usually silent, to the succeeding word when that begins with a vowel: for example, vous (vö) and avez, when coming together, are pronounced vö zavā.
    • n liaison In cookery, a thickening, generally of beaten eggs, intended to combine or amalgamate the ingredients of a dish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Liaison lē-ā-zong′ union, or bond of union: connection, esp. if illicit between the sexes: in French, the linking in pronunciation of a final consonant to the succeeding word, when that begins with a vowel.
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Quotations

  • Lord Byron
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    “My attachment has neither the blindness of the beginning, nor the microscopic accuracy of the close of such liaisons.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. ligatio, fr. ligare, to bind. See Ligature, and cf. Ligation
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. ligation-emligāre, to bind.

Usage

In literature:

Ormiston doing liaison between Battalion H.Q.
"The Fife and Forfar Yeomanry" by D. D. Ogilvie
Yet for the first year of our liaison she would accept from me no provision, and we saw each other but seldom.
"King John of Jingalo" by Laurence Housman
Their forward observation officers maintained a liaison with the H.Q.
"The Seventh Manchesters" by S. J. Wilson
A brother approving the liaison between 'em?
"The Substitute Prisoner" by Max Marcin
Charley Burn, King's Messenger, came; with him a Captain Coddan, to be liaison between me and Istomine's Russians.
"Gallipoli Diary, Volume I" by Ian Hamilton
He switched to Mars-normal when he was a liaison agent and never changed back.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
He's the only one of your big wheels who isn't in liaison with us.
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith
And a liaison with Venus was certain to do just that.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
After my return to Headquarters in the evening, Colonel C. B. Thompson (liaison officer with the 6th French Army) reported to me.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
The first-class citizens who owned the plants had their own liaison.
"Final Weapon" by Everett B. Cole
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In poetry:

You ask me what it is I do. Well, actually, you know,
I'm partly a liaison man, and partly P.R.O.
Essentially, I integrate the current export drive
And basically I'm viable from ten o'clock till five.
"Executive" by Sir John Betjeman

In news:

Nonios Knocks Off Liaison in Stakes Debut.
Needham stepping down as governor's military liaison .
Liaison Turns in Final Derby Breeze.
Liaison , winner of the 2011 CashCall Futurity (gr.
South County liaison for new hospital now at work.
Liaison fault alert screen.
Prevost Liaison 2.0 is a business tool that allows operators to manage their companies and fleets with greater accuracy and efficiency.
Liaison to ease business between Colorado, U.K. More Business Columnists.
GM ponders a French liaison , and the next Ferrari and Viper are teased.
'Big Miracle' for President Reagan's liaison , too.
President's Liaisons are NAR members, appointed by the NAR President to serve as his or her liaison to each of NAR's foreign Cooperating Associations.
To fund police liaison in 2012.
Less than seven months after she signed the related bill into law, Gov Mary Fallin ignored a Thursday statutory deadline to name a new state Native American liaison .
Fallin ignores deadline to name Native American liaison .
"She's a clinical specialist who works right alongside nurses as a resource person, mentor, teacher and patient liaison," Donahue said.
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In science:

Instead, we will use strict Gorenstein liaison by AG divisors in the linear systems |mH − K | on ACM curves C on S .
Some Examples of Gorenstein Liaison in Codimension Three
If n and n′ are both in this range, and if n + n′ = deg(mH − K ) for some m, then a strict Gorenstein liaison by AG divisors in the linear system |mH − K | will transform general divisors of degree n to general divisors of degree n′ and vice versa.
Some Examples of Gorenstein Liaison in Codimension Three
If one of these is already known to be in the strict G-liaison class of a point, we conclude so is the other.
Some Examples of Gorenstein Liaison in Codimension Three
These liaisons show that any set of n ≤ 8 general points on S is in the strict G-liaison class of a point.
Some Examples of Gorenstein Liaison in Codimension Three
Note that we must use ascending and descending liaisons to accomplish this.
Some Examples of Gorenstein Liaison in Codimension Three
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