# intercombination

## combination

[kom-buh-ney-shuhn]
noun
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.
Often, combinations. a suit of underwear in one piece.
8.
Mathematics.
a.
the arrangement of elements into various groups without regard to their order in the group.
b.
a group thus formed. Compare permutation ( def 1 ).
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Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English combinacyoun (< Middle French) < Late Latin combīnātiōn- (stem of combīnātiō), equivalent to combīnāt(us) combined (see combine, -ate1) + -iōn- -ion

intercombination, noun
noncombination, noun
precombination, noun
supercombination, noun

1. association, conjunction, union, coalescence, blending. 2. mixture, amalgamation, amalgam. 4. association, federation, league, coalition, cartel, combine, monopoly, bloc, cabal, conspiracy.
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 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. a.  the set of numbers that opens a combination lock b.  the mechanism of this type of lock 5. (Brit) a motorcycle with a sidecar attached 6. maths a.  an arrangement of the numbers, terms, etc, of a set into specified groups without regard to order in the group: the combinations of a, b, and c, taken two at a time, are ab, bc, ac b.  Compare permutation a group formed in this way. The number of combinations of n objects taken r at a time is n!/[(n -- r)!r!]. Symbol: nCr 7. the chemical reaction of two or more compounds, usually to form one other compound 8. chess a tactical manoeuvre involving a sequence of moves and more than one piece combi'national —adj

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combination
1530s, from O.Fr. combination (14c., Mod.Fr. combinaison), from L.L. combinationem "a joining two by two," from combinare (see combine).
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