|association (əˌsəʊsɪˈeɪʃən, -ʃɪ-)|
|1.||a group of people having a common purpose or interest; a society or club|
|2.||the act of associating or the state of being associated|
|3.||friendship or companionship: their association will not last|
|4.||a mental connection of ideas, feelings, or sensations: association of revolution with bloodshed|
|5.||psychol See also free association the mental process of linking ideas so that the recurrence of one idea automatically recalls the other|
|6.||chem the formation of groups of molecules and ions, esp in liquids, held together by weak chemical bonds|
|7.||ecology a group of similar plants that grow in a uniform environment and contain one or more dominant species|
association as·so·ci·a·tion (ə-sō'sē-ā'shən, -shē-)
A connection of persons, things, or ideas by some common factor; union.
A functional connection of two ideas, events, or psychological phenomena established through learning or experience.