combination

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
com•bi•na•tion /ˌkɑmbəˈneɪʃən/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] the act of combining or the state of being combined.
  2. a number of things combined:[countable]a combination of ideas.
  3. [countable] something formed by combining: A chord is a combination of notes.
  4. the set of numbers or letters used to open a lock or a safe:[countable]He forgot the combination to his locker.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
com•bi•na•tion  (kom′bə nāshən),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the act of combining or the state of being combined.
  2. a number of things combined:a combination of ideas.
  3. something formed by combining:A chord is a combination of notes.
  4. an alliance of persons or parties:a combination in restraint of trade.
  5. the set or series of numbers or letters used in setting the mechanism of a combination lock.
  6. the parts of the mechanism operated by this.
  7. ClothingOften,  combinations. a suit of underwear in one piece.
  8. Mathematics
    • the arrangement of elements into various groups without regard to their order in the group.
    • a group thus formed. Cf. permutation (def. 1).
com′bi•nation•al, adj. 
  • Late Latin combīnātiōn- (stem of combīnātiō), equivalent. to combīnāt(us) combined (see combine, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion
  • Middle French)
  • Middle English combinacyoun ( 1350–1400
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged association, conjunction, union, coalescence, blending.
    • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged mixture, amalgamation, amalgam.
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged association, federation, league, coalition, cartel, combine, monopoly, bloc, cabal, conspiracy.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
combination /ˌkɒmbɪˈneɪʃən/ n
  1. the act of combining or state of being combined
  2. a union of separate parts, qualities, etc
  3. an alliance of people or parties; group having a common purpose
  4. the set of numbers that opens a combination lock
  5. Brit a motorcycle with a sidecar attached
  6. an arrangement of the numbers, terms, etc, of a set into specified groups without regard to order in the group
  7. the chemical reaction of two or more compounds, usually to form one other compound
  8. a tactical manoeuvre involving a sequence of moves and more than one piece

ˌcombiˈnational adj
'combination' also found in these entries:
Collocations: combination [treatments, therapies, methods], [keyed, typed] in the wrong combination code, [eat, order] a combination [meal, dinner], more...

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