• WordNet 3.6
    • n conference a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
    • n conference an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
    • n conference a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV was in 1955. Eisenhower was the president.
    • Conference A meeting for consultation, discussion, or an interchange of opinions.
    • Conference A meeting of the two branches of a legislature, by their committees, to adjust between them.
    • Conference (Methodist Church) A stated meeting of preachers and others, invested with authority to take cognizance of ecclesiastical matters.
    • Conference A voluntary association of Congregational churches of a district; the district in which such churches are.
    • Conference The act of comparing two or more things together; comparison. "Helps and furtherances which . . . the mutual conference of all men's collections and observations may afford."
    • Conference The act of consulting together formally; serious conversation or discussion; interchange of views. "Nor with such free and friendly conference As he hath used of old."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n conference Comparison; examination of things by comparison.
    • n conference The act of conferring or consulting together; a meeting for consultation, discussion, or instruction; an interview and comparison or interchange of opinions. Specifically— In diplomacy, a more or less informal meeting of the representatives of different foreign countries.
    • n conference In British and American parliamentary usage, a species of negotiation between the two houses of Parliament or of Congress, conducted by managers appointed on both sides, for the purpose of reconciling differences.
    • n conference Eccles.: The annual assembly of ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in England, for transacting business of an ecclesiastical nature.
    • n conference In the Meth. Epis. Ch. of America, the title of four judicatories: (i.) An assembly, called the general conference, which meets once every four years, is composed of ministerial and lay delegates from the annual conferences, and is presided over by a general superintendent.
    • n conference (ii.) One of a number (now over 100) of assemblies, called annual conferences, which meet annually, take cognizance of ecclesiastical matters, collect statistics relating to the church, and have charge of benevolent contributions, current expenses, etc.
    • n conference (iii.) An assembly of the itinerant and local preachers, the exhorters, the stewards of a district, and a class-leader and Sunday-school superintendent from each pastoral charge, called the district conference, meeting annually or semi-annually.
    • n conference (iv.) An assembly, termed the quarterly conference, of all the itinerant and local preachers, exhorters. stewards, class-leaders, trustees of churches, and first superintendents of Sunday-schools, in a circuit or station, under the presidency of a presiding elder. It hears complaints and appeals, examines into the character of preachers, licenses ministers, tries those against whom charges are preferred, and makes appointments and removals.
    • n conference In the Rom. Cath. Ch.: (i.) A voluntary local assembly of priests; a pastoral conference.
    • n conference (ii.) An assembly of priests called by a college; a chapter conference.
    • n conference In some Protestant churches, as the Congregational, a local assembly of representatives from several neighboring churches.
    • n conference Discourse; talk; conversation.
    • n conference A lecture.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Conference the act of conferring: an appointed meeting for instruction or discussion
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  • Fred A. Allen
    “A conference is a gathering of people who singly can do nothing, but together can decide that nothing can be done.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Benefits should be conferred gradually; and in that way they will taste better.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “To refuse graciously is to confer a favor.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “When you confer a benefit on those worthy of it, you confer a favor on all.”
  • David Lloyd George
    “Liberty is not merely a privilege to be conferred; it is a habit to be acquired.”
  • Lord Greville
    Lord Greville
    “A generous man places the benefits he confers beneath his feet; those he receives, nearest his heart.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. conférence,. See Confer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. conferrecon, together, ferre, to bring.


In literature:

With what 'mandate,' and by whom conferred, M. Thiers went to Bordeaux in 1871, is a thorny question, into which I need not here enter.
"France and the Republic" by William Henry Hurlbert
By 1850 several such charters were granted and in 1855 the degree conferring power was given these institutions.
"The University of Michigan" by Wilfred Shaw
The Senate asked for a committee of conference upon differences between the two Houses, which was cheerfully granted by the House.
"History of the Negro Race in America from 1619 to 1880. Vol. 2 (of 2)" by George Washington Williams
Similarly at the Peace Conference his sympathies were naturally with every weak state and every minority group.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
It was the value attached to the gum that conferred animation upon the tree.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
Paul and his father hold a conference, at which present and future plans are discussed.
"Oswald Langdon" by Carson Jay Lee
She had so many graces both of body and mind conferred on her, that one must have been insensible not to have loved her.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
The benefits conferred upon them were not so great as they had hoped.
"The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa" by Paul Barron Watson
Hence the conference to which he refers.
"A Political History of the State of New York, Volumes 1-3" by DeAlva Stanwood Alexander
And Sandy, will you please call all department heads and their assistants into the conference room?
"Masters of Space" by Edward Elmer Smith

In poetry:

How, knight, does my intelligence deserve
Such bitter scorn? That Recha is a Christian
On you a Christian templar, and her lover,
Confers no joy.
"Nathan The Wise - Act III" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
"The weeping blood in woman's heart,"
I give thee, Denmark—ah! thou art
A mark on which the robber's quiver
Is spent.—Must we confer for ever?
"The Voice of Blood" by Janet Hamilton
Then they who stood about the King
Drew close together and conferred;
Till that the King stood forth and said,
"Before the priests thou shalt be heard."
"Stanzas In Memory Of The Author Of 'Obermann'" by Matthew Arnold
Thou goest to th' Almighty's own abode,
Before the greatest Sov'reign to appear,
Thou goest with thy Maker and thy God,
Upon thy knees, a conference to bear.
"Things, Which A Person Ought To Meditate Upon, On The Lord's-Day," by Rees Prichard
Her's is the Energy of Soul sincere.
Her Christian Spirit ignorant to feign,
Seeks but to comfort, heal, enlighten, chear,
Confer a pleasure, or prevent a pain.—
"To The Memory Of Mrs. Lefroy Who Died Dec: 16 -- My Birthday." by Jane Austen
"No doubt we deserve it - no mercy we crave -
Go on - you're conferring a boon;
We would rather be slanged by a warrior brave,
Than praised by a wretched poltroon!"
"The Two Majors" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

The 12 institutions that announced the formation of the Mountain East Conference in August have officially applied for approval to begin competing as the NCAA's newest Division II conference in 2013-14.
Gov Deval Patrick gestures during a news conference regarding the Massachusetts pharmacy responsible for the meningitis outbreak during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston, Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012.
The ALTAFF/ Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant enables a public library Trustee to attend the ALA Annual Conference.
Officials get recommended by their conference coordinator to work bowl games and can't be assigned to any game involving a team from the conference they represent.
Jamie Russell has been named to the Missouri Valley Conference preseason all-conference team.
MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN) — Tony Lo, the CEO of Giant Global Group, will deliver the introductory address at next year Bicycle Leadership Conference in Monterey, conference organizers announced this week.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks at the conference's annual fall meeting in Baltimore, on Monday.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan, of New York, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks at the conference's annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Monday, Nov 12, 2012.
He was named the 2012 Eastern Kentucky Conference Player of the Year by coaches in the conference.
Nebraska coach Bo Pelini said two months ago that he thought NU's four out-of-conference games would prepare his team for conference action better than any of the previous years' pre-league schedules.
McMurry University's junior forward, Kenny Williams, has been named the Heartland Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week, announced the conference office on Monday.
Conference banners commemorate the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar.
NCAA President Mark Emmert, right, gestures during a news conference as Ed Ray, NCAA Executive Committee chair and Oregon State University president, looks on at left, during a news conference in Indianapolis, Monday, July 23, 2012.
Quinnipiac will hold a press conference Saturday to announce that its athletic program will leave the Northeast Conference and join the.
Texas A&M moved to the Big 12 after 82 years in the Southwest Conference, but always has competed in a conference with rival Texas and Baylor.

In science:

Williams, “Transmutations of Knowledge Systems”, in: “Proceedings of the fourth International Conference on Principles of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning”, J.
Distance Semantics for Belief Revision
We also thank the participants at the Third International Conference on High Dimensional Probability, June 2002, and the 28th Conference on Stochastic Processes and Their Applications at the University of Melbourne, July 2002, where some of the results in the paper were presented.
Characterizations of joint distributions, copulas, information, dependence and decoupling, with applications to time series
The rwr:Reresolve rule guarantees that any conference publishing researcher is reachable by any other conference publishing university researcher and thus, the coauthorship network of conference publications by university researchers is strongly connected.
Grammar-Based Random Walkers in Semantic Networks
Conference Record of the Thirty-First Asilomar Conference on Signals, Systems & Computers.
A nonparametric estimator of the spectral density of a continuous-time Gaussian process observed at random times
Bass H., Introduction to some methods of algebraic K –theory, Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences – Regional Conference Series in Mathematics 20, 1974.
On finite and elementary generation of SL_2(R)