combination

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

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 , -​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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The stereotypical combination of a gun rack and Rebel flag decal once conjured images of night-riding, racist thugs. James C. Cobb, Smithsonian, "The Pickup Truck’s Transformation From Humble Workhorse to Fancy Toy," 3 July 2018 The combination of high-resolution imaging and sensor technologies, AI, and cloud computing is giving conservationists deeper insight into the health of the planet. Bill Gourgey, WIRED, "How Artificial Intelligence Could Prevent Natural Disasters," 10 July 2018 Studies show that bathing food in an acidic marinade or a rub/marinade combination, like the one in this flank steak recipe or in this ginger turmeric chicken recipe, can reduce the number of carcinogens on your plate. Andrea Thelen, Ms, Detroit Free Press, "6 tips for healthy and safe grilling," 9 July 2018 The combination of a penchant for compromising behavior, a willingness to work closely with criminals, and a desire to protect aspects of his privacy makes him the ideal blackmail target. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 San Francisco 49ers The combination of Jimmy Garoppolo and coach Kyle Shanahan is going to be terrific. SI.com, "Fantasy Football Preseason Reports: A Scout’s Take on Every Team," 5 July 2018 Any combination of the above — or indeed, any single Republican senator — could derail Trump's hopes of confirming his second Supreme Court justice during his time in the White House. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: One Republican senator has the power to defeat Trump's Supreme Court nominee," 2 July 2018 Though alcoholic beverages like Bou Lou and oppressive heat can be a hazardous combination, most revelers handled Friday’s torrid conditions responsibly. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Tech N9ne reigned over Boulevardia with new beer and a show that drew mixed reactions," 16 June 2018 With its combination of creamy and fruity, this treat is like 2018's cool, grown-up version of a Creamsicle. Olivia Harrison, refinery29.com, "This Summer's Biggest Boozy Trend Just Got Its Own Ice Cream Flavor," 10 July 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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combination

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

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

b : conspiracy

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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