• WordNet 3.6
    • n alliance the act of forming an alliance or confederation
    • n alliance a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim
    • n alliance an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
    • n alliance a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest "the shifting alliances within a large family","their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them"
    • n alliance the state of being allied or confederated
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Alliance Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity. "The alliance of the principles of the world with those of the gospel.""The alliance . . . between logic and metaphysics."
    • Alliance The persons or parties allied.
    • Alliance The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league; as, matrimonial alliances; an alliance between church and state; an alliance between France and England.
    • v. t Alliance To connect by alliance; to ally.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n alliance The state of being allied or connected; the relation between parties allied or connected. Specifically— Marriage, or the relation or union brought about between families through marriage.
    • n alliance Connection by kindred.
    • n alliance Union between nations, contracted by compact, treaty, or league. Such alliance may be defensive, that is, an agreement to defend each other when attacked; or offensive, that is, an agreement to make a combined attack on another nation; or it may be both offensive and defensive.
    • n alliance Any joining of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations: as, an alliance between church and state.
    • n alliance The compact or treaty which is the instrument of allying or confederating: as, to draw up an alliance.
    • n alliance The aggregate of persons or parties allied.
    • n alliance In botany, a grade intermediate between class and order: the equivalent in Lindley's classification of the more recent term cohort.
    • n alliance In zoology, a natural group of related families; a superfamily or suborder.
    • alliance To unite by confederacy; join in alliance; ally.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Alliance al-lī′ans state of being allied: union by marriage or treaty.
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  • Phaedrus
    “An alliance with a powerful person is never safe.”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.”
  • George Washington
    “'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.”
  • Edwin Hubbel Chapin
    “Not in achievement, but in endurance, of the human soul, does it show its divine grandeur and its alliance with the infinite.”
  • Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
    Isidore Ducasse Lautreamont
    “It is a power stronger than will. Could a stone escape from the laws of gravity? Impossible. Impossible, for evil to form an alliance with good.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Love is an alliance of friendship and animalism; if the former predominates it is passion exalted and refined; if the latter, gross and sensual.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. aliaunce, OF. aliance, F. alliance, fr. OF. alier, F. allier,. See Ally, and cf. LL. alligantia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Ally.


In literature:

Henceforward, no alliances could be formed with any native prince without the express sanction of Parliament.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Through her embassadors she endeavored to effect an alliance.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
So far he had relied on the Czar, who stood by the alliance in the face of his people's opposition.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
For, said he, if this alliance with the Pope should come, it must be an alliance with the Pope and the Emperor Charles.
"The Fifth Queen Crowned" by Ford Madox Ford
In spite of the reluctance of Maria Theresa, Kaunitz, in July 1771, concluded a defensive alliance with the Porte.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
Englishmen were dismissed from the Scottish court, their fiefs were confiscated, and an alliance was concluded with Philip IV., king of France.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
It is the alliance of God and Nature, immutable, eternal, fixed as the firmament of heaven.
"Lectures on the French Revolution" by John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
He would like an alliance between England and us.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
The Democrats defeated the Republicans in the East while the Farmers' Alliance undermined them in the West.
"The New Nation" by Frederic L. Paxson
Don Estevan does not wish this alliance.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

America, the land of science,
The land of every nation's love,
Has formed with Freedom an alliance
So pure, 'tis registered above!
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
So long as of Nature the charms I pursue,
I still must my Delia's dear image renew;
The Graces have yielded with Delia to rove,
And the Muses are all in alliance with Love.
"The Scholar's Relapse" by William Shenstone
And of th' all-glorious Trinity entreat
That this alliance thou may'st still defeat,
And that he'd grace and strength to thee afford,
In thy profession, well to serve the Lord.
"A Warning To Guard, Whilst It Is Yet Day, Against The Assaults Of The World, The Flesh, And The Devi" by Rees Prichard
As for beautiful plants they were there by the score,
And some belonging to William Alliance and Peter Balmore
Also exotic Ferns most charming to be seen
In the Grand Flower Show on the Magdalen Green
"The Dundee Flower Show:Dedicated to the Right Honourable Earl of Dalhousie" by William Topaz McGonagall
Yes, toward the ocean, far out toward ocean,
That knows no hour of self-atonement!
For all that suffer release it offers,
But trails forever its own enigma.
A strange alliance with Death unites it,
That all it give Him,—itself excepting!
"The Ocean" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
The place from which Bonaparte viewed the bloody field
Was the farmhouse of La Belle Alliance, which some protection did yield;
And there he remained for the most part of the day,
Pacing to and fro with his hands behind him in doubtful dismay.
"The Battle of Waterloo" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

The trust set up to compensate people injured by fen -phen, the formerly popular diet drug, says that an alliance of doctors and lawyers filing invalid claims threatens to drain its coffers.
Jason Braverman Chuck Warbington, executive director of the Gwinnett Village CID, addresses a crowd on Thursday at the Gwinnett Village Community Alliance Financial Services Center in Norcross.
The Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance began in 2000 as the lead organization for economic development activities throughout the county.
The Crossing Arts Alliance is offering a fun Flipside Kids activity: paper hat making.
Flipside Summer Art Camp is co-sponsored by The Crossing Arts Alliance and ISD 181 Community Education.
And Fluor Global Services has created a strategic alliance that will deliver a broad range of service and manufacturing solutions through a single source.
Search over 40,000 real estate listings and homes for sale in the Denver, Aurora, Boulder, Fort Collins and Englewood areas at Denver real estate advertisement for RE/MAX Alliance.
Concord Medical's Chang'an Hospital and Fox Chase Cancer Center Sign Strategic Alliance Agreement.
Tacoma's Franciscan announces alliance with Seattle Children's Hospital.
Kathy Franceschini (left) with Spike's Prime Time Fishin' laughs with Joe Yantz during a fishing trip put on Thursday by the Smith Mountain Striper Club and Freedom Alliance.
Romney Looks to Rebuild Frayed Alliances With Missile Defense.
Microsoft/Intel alliance is fraying .
Insurgent Alliance Is Fraying In Fallujah.
The Northend Ministerial Alliance will host a three-day Community Revival on Aug 7-9 at the corner of 14th and Waller Streets, in Portsmouth.
Didier Heiremans, Board President of the Alliance Française in DC.

In science:

This work has been partially supported by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC, under Contract No.
The NLO multileg working group: summary report
Fermilab is operated by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC, under Contract No.
New lattice action for heavy quarks
Fermilab is operated by Fermi Research Alliance, LLC under Contract No.
Theoretical Perspectives: XLIII Rencontres de Moriond - QCD
BJS acknowledges support by the BMBF under grant 06DA123 and JW from the Extreme Matter Institute within the Helmholtz Alliance ’Cosmic Matter in the Laboratory’.
On the appearance of hyperons in neutron stars
CG and LW acknowledge support from the Helmholtz Association through the research alliance ―Planetary Evolution and Life‖.
The Cyborg Astrobiologist: Testing a Novelty-Detection Algorithm on Two Mobile Exploration Systems at Rivas Vaciamadrid in Spain and at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah