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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The toxic combination of hate and guns is a threat to all of our safety. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Julián Castro works the Iowa State Fair, issues 'plan to disarm hate' after El Paso rampage," 9 Aug. 2019 Is this combination of players the answer to the Jets’ defensive woes? Mitchell Gladstone, SI.com, "One Realistic Goal for Each of the NFL’s Last-Place Teams," 7 Aug. 2019 That there actually is, out there, a combination of substance and geometry which will yield useful amounts of electricity is, perhaps, a long shot. The Economist, "How to wring power from the night air," 1 Aug. 2019 Pomegranate Bubbly Mojito: Cool and crisp take on a mojito is a combination of mint, lime and a twist of tart pomegranate with the snappy and sweet effervescence of Cannon River Sparkling Edelweiss wine. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "Minnesota State Fair announces new beers, drinks for this year," 29 July 2019 The combination of heat and drought is not only drying soil but has reduced water levels in many rivers. Linda Givetash, NBC News, "Britain braces for hottest day ever as heat wave stifles Europe," 24 July 2019 When the combination of writing and directing clangs this forcefully the end result is usually comedy. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Another Life': TV Review," 22 July 2019 The combination of historical importance and coolchemistry lesson is usually enough to get bartenders to experiment with makingtheir own recipe. Fortune, "This Michelin-Starred Restaurateur Traded Fine Dining for Ben Franklin’s Favorite Milk Cocktail," 13 July 2019 The combination of Cole's severe injuries and Perry's history of complaints and lawsuits spanning his five-year IMPD career were likely factors in the unusually high settlement from the city. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "Unarmed man shot in back by IMPD officer settles lawsuit for millions," 11 July 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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