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

So really, hot girl summer is a combination of hip-hop and fan culture, which means the term will likely continue to evolve as hot girl summer wears on. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "2019’s most fun meme, explained.," 12 July 2019 If a new home and an existing home have the same or close to the same utility, the rational buyer will choose the home with the lowest overall cost, which is a combination of the purchase price and the annual operating cost. WSJ, "Get Incentives Right to Build More Housing," 11 July 2019 Most stones are a combination of calcium and either oxalate or phosphorous. Marcos Del Rosario-santiago, baltimoresun.com, "Doctors say summer is kidney-stone season. Here’s what you should know.," 11 July 2019 The cocktail is a combination of Reposado Tequila, carrot juice, lime, rosemary tarragon syrup and rhubarb bitters, garnished with microgreens. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: Opening Day tops this week’s events," 11 July 2019 The cause behind the spiritual shift is a combination of factors. Jessica Roy, latimes.com, "How millennials replaced religion with astrology and crystals," 10 July 2019 The answer is probably a combination of all of them. The Economist, "Shell’s boss delivers some hard truths on oil and climate change," 4 July 2019 The name is a combination of money, justice, and freedom. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Behold Libra, the global cryptocurrency masterminded by Facebook," 18 June 2019 Whether that was because of concerns over aggravating carrier partners or simple product mismanagement is a question only Google executives can answer — though that answer is surely a combination of both. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google is finally taking charge of the RCS rollout," 17 June 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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