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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Experts still aren’t totally sure how the combination works, but there’s enough evidence behind it that vitamin B6 and doxylamine succinate are the active ingredients in prescription morning sickness drugs Diclegis and Bonjesta. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "7 Ways to Feel Better in Your First Trimester From People Who Have Been There," 31 May 2019 At Computex in Taipei earlier this week, AMD touted the combination of the Ryzen 7 3800X CPU and its X570 motherboard as the first PCI Express 4.0-ready PC. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "The PCI Express 5.0 spec will bring 128 gigabytes per second to your PC, someday," 30 May 2019 On Monday, the $26 billion combination of T-Mobile and Sprint cleared one of its two federal hurdles to approval. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "Sprint’s Deal Is Still a Marathon," 21 May 2019 In Paris, the long-limbed Veronika Heilbrunner was spotted wearing the classic combination that included a clunky black loafer and white sporty socks with Nike’s iconic swoosh. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "The Best Ways to Wear Socks and Loafers," 13 May 2019 An electron’s willingness to jiggle is highly dependent on the combination of its environment and the wavelength of the light causing it to jiggle. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Gas jets make beautiful lens for light we can’t normally focus," 21 Dec. 2018 Vestberg’s ascent was followed by the departure of Tim Armstrong, the man who sold McAdam on the AOL/Yahoo combination. Peter Kafka, Recode, "New Verizon execs say old Verizon execs made a $5 billion mistake betting on AOL and Yahoo," 11 Dec. 2018 The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is one that must have been made in heaven. Woman's Day, "This New Reese's Cup Is A Peanut Butter Lover's Dream Come True," 25 Mar. 2019 The combination of rice and lentils is also popular throughout the Mediterranean, the Middle East and South Asia, cooked together in the same pot or separately. David Tanis, The Seattle Times, "A humble feast begins with lentils," 7 Jan. 2019

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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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