combination

noun, often attributive
com·​bi·​na·​tion | \ ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce combination (audio) \

Definition of combination

1a : a result or product of combining Water is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen. 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 Together they are a winning combination.
2 : an ordered sequence: such as
a : a sequence of letters or numbers chosen in setting a lock What is the combination to the safe? 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 : any of various one-piece undergarments for the upper and lower parts of the body usually used in plural wore combinations in the winter to keep warm
4 : an instrument designed to perform two or more tasks The tool is a jackknife and bottle opener combination.
5a : the act or process of combining especially : that of uniting to form a chemical compound The combination of these two chemicals can cause an explosion.
b : the quality or state of being combined

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Other Words from combination

combinational \ ˌkäm-​bə-​ˈnā-​shnəl How to pronounce combinational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of combination in a Sentence

Water is a combination of hydrogen and oxygen. The car's interior is available in various color combinations. A combination of factors led to her decision. The milkshakes come in chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla, or any combination of these. He has the right combination of talent and experience. The combination of these two chemicals can cause an explosion. What is the combination to the safe?
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Recent Examples on the Web

Michelle's #2 Skincare Secret: Use Collagen Getty Images Brodeur also incorporates collagen in combination with vitamin C in her facials. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "This Skincare Ingredient is the Secret Weapon for Michelle Obama's Glowing Skin," 17 Jan. 2019 Diagnosing juvenile arthritis may take a combination of tests. Korin Miller, SELF, "Claire Foy on What It Was Like to Have 'Extremely Painful' Juvenile Arthritis," 9 Jan. 2019 Depending on the age of the child, these two approaches can be tried either alone or in combination. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Kids who start kindergarten young are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD," 17 Dec. 2018 Users will be able to download content to revisit when offline, and Tidal is highlighting this in combination with its workout playlists to appeal to fitness-minded Samsung Wearable owners. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "The Tidal app is now available on Samsung Wearable devices," 8 Nov. 2018 Dilton took a combination of cyanide and some blue Kool-Aide-like beverage, which is what ultimately killed him. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About the "Riverdale" Season 3 Flashback Episode," 19 Oct. 2018 That in combination with our connection with Air France made our partnership with Delta a natural next move and that has been a second strength for us in the U.S. Lindsey Tramuta, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: KLM CEO Pieter Elbers on Keeping Up With the 'Big Kids'," 11 Oct. 2018 And now Kylie Jenner is taking the combination for a spin. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Wore a Blazer and Bike Shorts," 1 Oct. 2018 Working out the details from a pile of bones takes a combination of forensic science and social studies. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Man With a Knife for an Arm," 14 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of combination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for combination

see combine entry 1

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More Definitions for combination

combination

noun
com·​bi·​na·​tion | \ ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce combination (audio) \

Kids Definition of combination

1 : a result or product of combining or being combined I succeeded by a combination of hard work and luck.
2 : a series of numbers or letters that is used to open a lock

combination

noun
com·​bi·​na·​tion

Legal Definition of combination

1a : an alliance of individuals, states, or especially corporations united to achieve a common (as economic) end — see also combination in restraint of trade — compare joint venture sense 1, merger
2 : a union of old or new elements or parts that is patentable because it produces a new and useful result — compare aggregation sense 2, equivalent

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