combination

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

Definition of combination

1 a :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.
5 a :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

combinational

play \ˌkäm-bə-ˈnā-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\ adjective

Examples of combination in a Sentence

  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?

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Origin and Etymology of combination



COMBINATION Defined for Kids

combination

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

Definition of combination for Students

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

Law Dictionary

combination

noun com·bi·na·tion

legal Definition of combination

1 a :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 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 2, equivalent


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