combination has definitions from the field of mathematics
[ noun ] a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities

Used in print

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

It is made_up of tumbling , which might be said to start with a somersault , run_through such stunts as headstands , handstands , cartwheels , backbends , and culminate in nearly impossible combinations of aerial flips and twists and apparatus work .

(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)

If the photographically realistic continuity of dreams , however bizarre their combinations , denies that it is purely a composition of the brain , it must be compounded from views of diverse realities , although some of them may never be encountered in what we are pleased to call the real_life .

(Tristram P. Coffin, "Folklore in the American Twentieth...)

Anthropologists , housewives , historians and such by profession , they approach their discipline as amateurs , collectors , commercial propagandists , analysts or some combination of the four .

(Howard Nemerov, "Themes and Methods: The Early...)

His name is Praisegod_Piepsam , and he is rather fully described as_to his clothing and physiognomy in_a_way which relates him to a sinister type in the author 's repertory - he is a forerunner of those enigmatic strangers in `` Death_in_Venice '' , for_example , who represent some combination of cadaver , exotic , and psychopomp .

(Cornell H. Mayer, "Radio Emission of the Moon...)

This result suggests a very high_temperature at the solid surface of the planet , although there is the possibility that the observed radiation may be a combination of both thermal and non thermal components and that the observed spectrum is that of a black_body merely by coincidence .

[ noun ] an occurrence that results in things being combined

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(Frank Oppenheimer, "Science and Fear-- A Discussion...)

Will advances in human sciences help us build social_structures and governments which will enable us to cope_with people as_effectively_as the primitive combination of protein and nucleic_acid built a structure of molecules which enabled it to adapt to a sea of molecular interaction ?

(Francis J. Johnston and John E. Willard, "The...)

The rate of the gas phase exchange reaction appears to be proportional to the first power of the absorbed light intensity indicating that the radical intermediates are removed at the walls or by reaction with an impurity rather than by bimolecular radical combination reactions .

[ noun ] a coordinated sequence of chess moves

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[ noun ] an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes)
[ noun ] (mathematics) the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order
[ noun ] a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock


"he forgot the combination to the safe"

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[ noun ] a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose


"they were a winning combination"

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unit combine

[ noun ] the act of combining things