• WordNet 3.6
    • adj social marked by friendly companionship with others "a social cup of coffee"
    • adj social living together or enjoying life in communities or organized groups "a human being is a social animal","mature social behavior"
    • adj social tending to move or live together in groups or colonies of the same kind "ants are social insects"
    • adj social composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of sociability "a purely social club","the church has a large social hall","a social director"
    • adj social relating to human society and its members "social institutions","societal evolution","societal forces","social legislation"
    • adj social relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high society "made fun of her being so social and high-toned","a social gossip colum","the society page"
    • n social a party of people assembled to promote sociability and communal activity
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Dutchess grooms for her social visit Dutchess grooms for her social visit

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Ants are social insects and live in colonies which may have as many as 500,000 individuals.
    • Social Consisting in union or mutual intercourse. "Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not Social communication."
    • Social (Zoöl) Forming compound groups or colonies by budding from basal processes or stolons; as, the social ascidians.
    • Social (Zoöl) Living in communities consisting of males, females, and neuters, as do ants and most bees.
    • Social (Bot) Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of many individual plants of the same species.
    • Social Of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in society, or to the public as an aggregate body; as, social interest or concerns; social pleasure; social benefits; social happiness; social duties. "Social phenomena."
    • Social Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse; companionable; sociable; as, a social person.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1865, several veterans of the Confederate Army formed a private social club in Pulaski, Tennessee, called the Ku Klux Klan.
    • social Disposed to live in companies; delighting in or desirous of the company, fellowship, and coöperation of others: as, man is a social animal.
    • social Companionable; sociable; ready to mix in friendly relations or intercourse with one's fellows; also, characteristic of companionable or sociable persons: as, social tastes; a man of fine social instincts.
    • social Of or pertaining to society, or to the community as a body: as, social duties, interests, usages, problems, questions, etc.; social science.
    • social In zoology:
    • social Associating together; gregarious; given to flocking; republican; sociable: as, social ants, bees, wasps, or birds.
    • social Colonial, aggregate, or compound; not simple or solitary: as, the social ascidians; social polyps. See Sociales.
    • social In botany, noting species of plants, as the common ragweed (Ambrosia trifida), in which the individuals grow in clumps or patches, or often cover large tracts to the exclusion of other species. Species of sage-brush, the common white pine and other conifers forming extensive forests, species of seaweed, etc., are social.
    • social Synonyms See sociable.
    • n social A sociable; an informal gathering of people, especially a church gathering.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Elizabethan and Jacobean times, the age of a person when they marry was dependant on the person's class. Those with a high social status were permitted to marry at a younger age.
    • adj Social pertaining to society or companionship: relating to men united in a society: inclined for friendly intercourse: consisting in mutual converse: convivial: associating together, gregarious: growing in patches
    • Social War, the war (90-88 b.c.) in which the Italian tribes known as the allies (Socii) fought for admission into Roman citizenship
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  • William J. Durant
    “There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.”
  • Phil Lout
    Phil Lout
    “I find it unusual that it is more socially acceptable to complain about what you have than it is to ask for what you want.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “That is true culture which helps us to work for the social betterment of all.”
  • H.G. Wells
    “The path of social advancement is, and must be, strewn with broken friendships.”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    “Marriage is socialism among two people.”
  • Cleveland Amory
    Cleveland Amory
    “A supreme social challenge.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. socialis, from socius, a companion; akin to sequi, to follow: cf. F. social,. See Sue to follow
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. sociabilissociāre, to associate—socius, a companion.


In literature:

Elective socialism and despotic socialism have the same faults as democracy as we understand the term.
"The Cult of Incompetence" by Emile Faguet
That class represented the framework upon which both political and social power was moulded.
"The English Utilitarians, Volume I." by Leslie Stephen
Again the forces of social organization have triumphed in the face of an almost universal opposition.
"The American Empire" by Scott Nearing
Religion is social because man is a social animal.
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
The deeper and more enduring social movements and tendencies are not always obvious to the superficial observer.
"The Spirit of American Government" by J. Allen Smith
And a considerable degree of social organization existed.
"Cotton is King and The Pro-Slavery Arguments" by Various
They acted upon a fine social spirit, thought they taught no social gospel.
"Quaker Hill" by Warren H. Wilson
Socially it is a contradiction, unless the desires of all men were automatically attuned to social ends.
"Liberalism" by L. T. Hobhouse
Their home was a social rendezvous, and I especially recall an entertainment I attended there when I met many social celebrities.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
It is the young animals of these species which are the most social and docile and most approach man in appearance.
"Man And His Ancestor" by Charles Morris

In poetry:

Each tender tie of life defied,
Whence social pleasures spring:
Unmoved with all the world beside,
A solitary thing."
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper
In watchings of the social sky
And soundings of its deep;
And where Oppression's vultures fly,
And sad Redeemers weep;
"A Keynote [Extract]" by Bernard O Dowd
In vain I strive to join the throng
In social mirth and ease;
Now lonely woods I stray among,
For only woods can please.
"First Love" by Washington Allston
Oh! while our bark is seen,
Our little bark of kindly, social love,
Down life's clear stream to move
Toward the summer shores, where all is green —
"To" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Soon then did Cheerfulness the morn illume,
And Peace descend with Evening's grateful gloom;
They saw my breast in that clear spirit gay,
Which speeds the social hour so fast away.
"Louisa: A Poetical Novel. First Epsitle." by Anna Seward
The day was o’er, and in their tent the weaned victors met,
In wine and social gaiety the carnage to forget.
The merry laugh and sparkling jest, the pleasant tale were there—
Each heart was free and gladsome then, each brow devoid of care.
"The Soldier’s Death" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

This week's Sprouts is a social commentary approach to discussing the 2012 presidential campaigns, outlining some of the social and cultural issues that both candidates represent.
However, Iran experts and social networking activists say that while Iranian election protesters have certainly used social media tools, no particular technology has been instrumental to organizers' ability to get people on the street.
Jive Software yesterday launched the Jive Social Customer Service Solution, built on the Jive Social Business platform.
The most common social network that educators have joined is Facebook, but other social networks are growing in popularity.
Social interaction with customers is growing, and more and more businesses are realizing the importance of social media, according to a new study from FedEx and Ketchum.
Liza , 31, is a social insurance specialist with Social Security Administration in Trussville.
Contact Social Security to de-activate your loved one 's Social Security number.
It's pretty big compared to other social sites too, as shown by these fun, kind of informative, social media maps .
What if "the Social Graph" isn't Revolutionary but Merely Social Graph 1.0.
Source Metrics , a social marketing optimization and analytics provider, has launched a new platform designed to give marketers social publishing, campaign management, listening, and analytic capabilities in one solution.
After piloting the application for several months, Hold Free Networks today released the Social Sentiment module for enterprise apps, the first of its mobile and social CRM initiatives planned for 2012.
Barbara Kingsolver's commitment to literature promoting social justice runs so deep that in 1998 she established the Bellwether Prize (now the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction) to encourage it. might be leading the charge when it comes to bringing social networking to customer relationship management but it's not the only CRM vendor banging the social drum.
Using social media to advance one's career is a no-brainer to people who use social media.
In seven years, the social networking site has grown from a project hatched in a college dorm to the largest social networking site in the world, well on its way to hitting its goal of having 1 billion users.

In science:

Determining whether a social connection is suitable for answering a particular query is a signi ficant challenge for a social con tent site and may even require an interaction with the user.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
More interestingly, in social content sites, each result also has an associated social provenance that can be explored for more sophisticated grouping.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
Second, the social information on social content sites are much more complex than in traditional recommendation systems .
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
The result is a social content subgraph, called Meaningful Social Graph (MSG), that is semantically and socially relevant to a given user and query.
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites
Let G be a social conhC,d,att,Ai (G) produces a social content graph G0 that tent graph, γN is isomorphic to G and ∀v ∈ G0 if ∃` ∈ G∧ ` satisfies C ∧ `.d = v , then v .att=A({`i ∈ links(G) | `i satisfies C & `i .d = v}).
SocialScope: Enabling Information Discovery on Social Content Sites