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combination

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noun com·bi·na·tion \ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən\

Simple Definition of combination

  • : a result or product of combining two or more things or people

  • : an act of combining two or more things

  • : a particular series of numbers or letters that is used to open a lock

Full Definition of combination

  1. 1 a :  a result or product of combining; especially :  an alliance of individuals, corporations, or states united to achieve a social, political, or economic end b :  two or more persons working as a team

  2. 2 :  an ordered sequence: as a :  a sequence of letters or numbers chosen in setting a lock; also :  the mechanism operating or moved by the sequence b :  a rapid sequence of punches in boxing c :  any subset of a set considered without regard to order within the subset

  3. 3 :  any of various one-piece undergarments for the upper and lower parts of the body —usually used in plural

  4. 4 :  an instrument designed to perform two or more tasks

  5. 5 a :  the act or process of combining; especially :  that of uniting to form a chemical compound b :  the quality or state of being combined

com·bi·na·tion·al play \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of combination

  1. Water is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen.

  2. The car's interior is available in various color combinations.

  3. A combination of factors led to her decision.

  4. The milkshakes come in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, or any combination of these.

  5. He has the right combination of talent and experience.

  6. The combination of these two chemicals can cause an explosion.

  7. What is the combination to the safe?



14th Century

First Known Use of combination

14th century

Rhymes with combination

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consultation, consummation, contemplation, conurbation, conversation, convocation, copulation, coronation, corporation, correlation, corrugation, crenellation, crop rotation, culmination, cultivation, cumulation, cybernation, decimation, declamation, declaration, declination, decoration, dedication, defamation, defecation, deformation, degradation, dehydration, delectation, delegation, demarcation, demonstration, denigration, denotation, depilation, deportation, depravation, depredation, deputation, derivation, derogation, desecration, designation, desolation, desperation, destination, detestation, detonation, devastation, deviation, dislocation, dispensation, disputation, dissertation, dissipation, distillation, divination, domination, education, elevation, elongation, emanation, embarkation, embrocation, emendation, emigration, emulation, enervation, escalation, estimation, evocation, exaltation, excavation, excitation, exclamation, exculpation, execration, exhalation, exhortation, exhumation, expectation, expiation, expiration, explanation, explication, exploitation, exploration, exportation, expurgation, extirpation, exultation, fabrication, fascination, federation, fenestration, fermentation, fibrillation, figuration, filling station, fire station, flagellation, fluoridation, fluctuation, forestation, formulation, fornication, fragmentation, fulmination, fumigation, gene mutation, generation, germination, glaciation, graduation, granulation, gravitation, habitation, hesitation, hibernation, hyphenation, ideation, imitation, immigration, immolation, implantation, implication, importation, imprecation, imputation, incantation, incarnation, inclination, incrustation, incubation, indentation, indication, indignation, infestation, infiltration, inflammation, information, inhalation, innovation, inspiration, installation, instigation, insulation, integration, intimation, intonation, inundation, invitation, invocation, irrigation, irritation, iteration, jubilation, laceration, lamentation, lamination, legislation, levitation, liberation, limitation, lineation, liquidation, litigation, lubrication, lucubration, maceration, machination, malformation, masturbation, maturation, mediation, medication, meditation, melioration, menstruation, ministration, mitigation, moderation, modulation, molestation, motivation, mutilation, navigation, nomination, obfuscation, objurgation, obligation, observation, occupation, operation, orchestration, ordination, oscillation, osculation, ostentation, ovulation, oxidation, pagination, palpitation, penetration, percolation, perforation, permeation, permutation, perpetration, perspiration, perturbation, pigmentation, pixilation, police station, pollination, population, postulation, power station, predication, preparation, presentation, preservation, proclamation, procreation, profanation, prolongation, promulgation, propagation, prorogation, protestation, provocation, publication, punctuation, radiation, recantation, recitation, reclamation, re-creation, recreation, reformation, refutation, registration, regulation, rehydration, relaxation, relocation, renovation, reparation, replication, reprobation, reputation, reservation, resignation, respiration, restoration, retardation, revelation, revocation, ruination, rumination, rustication, salutation, sanitation, saturation, segmentation, segregation, separation, sequestration, service station, sexploitation, simulation, situation, speciation, speculation, spoliation, stimulation, stipulation, strangulation, structuration, stylization, subjugation, sublimation, suffocation, syncopation, syndication, tabulation, termination, T formation, titillation, toleration, transfer station, transformation, translocation, transmigration, transmutation, transpiration, transplantation, transportation, trepidation, tribulation, ulceration, ululation, undulation, urination, vaccination, vacillation, validation, valuation, variation, vegetation, veneration, ventilation, vindication, violation, visitation, weather station



COMBINATION Defined for Kids

combination

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noun com·bi·na·tion \ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən\

Definition of combination

  1. 1 :  a result or product of combining or being combined <I succeeded by a combination of hard work and luck.>

  2. 2 :  a series of numbers or letters that is used to open a lock





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