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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There are a few decent keepers at this tournament - not least Alisson's teammate Ederson - but Brazil's number one edges the competition out through his combination of incredible shot-stopping ability and eye for the pass. SI.com, "Copa America 2019: A Combined XI of the Best Players at This Summer's Tournament," 15 June 2019 The course has been playing soft all week, moist from a rainy spring and kept damp by the combination of low winds and overcast skies. Brian Costa, WSJ, "What to Watch For at the U.S. Open This Weekend," 15 June 2019 The car key was taken from his locker using his combination and Tabitha is the only person who knows those numbers. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: Netflix’s Trinkets Recap," 15 June 2019 Though the revivalist hopes that attended the conservative resurgence were long ago dispelled, its enduring combination of fundamentalism and politicisation gave Southern Baptists two sorts of comfort. The Economist, "The Southern Baptists are beset by two related fiascos," 15 June 2019 With his combination of heart, humor and awesome sweater collections, Avery's Uncle Phil is one of our favorite TV dads. CNN, "Here's to some of our favorite TV dads," 14 June 2019 Dozens of chefs will present their best flavor combinations to impress the more than 1,000 foodies expected to attend, with a chance to sample the creations coming out of new kitchens and some seasonal menus at favorite restaurants. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: Cooper Family Juneteenth Celebration, Smokey Robinson, New Children’s Museum’s ‘Whammock!’," 14 June 2019 His combination of size and speed makes him a threat on fast breaks and in the open court. oregonlive.com, "Bol Bol is the biggest boom-or-bust prospect of the 2019 NBA draft: Commentary," 14 June 2019 The widening gap is driven by a combination of Republican tax cuts that will add up to about $1.5 trillion over a decade, and increased government spending. Bloomberg, latimes.com, "U.S. budget deficit balloons to $739 billion despite tariff revenue," 12 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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The first known use of combination was in the 14th century

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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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