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 endb : two or more persons working as a team Together they are a winning combination.
2 : an ordered sequence: such asa : 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 sequenceb : a rapid sequence of punches in boxingc : 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
combinationalplay \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?
Recent Examples of combination from the Web
Seeing the combination of family, fun and fitness and using his knack for entrepreneurship, Launch came to life.
The Seahawks are hoping for more of the same in 2017, though mostly hoping that a combination of a healthy and in-shape Lacy and a healthy and back-to-2015-form Thomas Rawls will give the team the kind of rushing attack the team lacked last season.
According to the National Hurricane Center, a combination of water hazards including storm surge, freshwater flooding, rough surf and deaths just offshore make up 88 percent of all U.S. deaths from tropical systems.
The number is climbing slowly across broad swaths of the rural big-sky West, driven by a combination of austere budgets, fuel-guzzling bus rides and teacher shortages that have turned four-day weeks into an important recruiting tool.
The institute, the latest effort to reduce runaway gang violence, opened quietly in a large storefront space on Chicago Avenue a year ago with a $2.5 million annual budget — a combination of city and private money.
Mr. Shields was the rare combination of introspective extrovert.
Armata is protected by a combination of a passive modular ceramic armor system, explosive reactive armor, and the Afghanit active protection system.
A combination of planning restrictions, high land costs and the absence of infrastructure projects to connect new suburbs with city centers has meant a bias among new developments toward apartments, rather than traditional freestanding family homes.
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COMBINATION Defined for Kids
Definition of combination for Students
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
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 1, merger b : conspiracy
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