n.1.The act or process of combining or uniting persons and things.
A solemn combination shall be made
Of our dear souls.
- Shak.
2.The result of combining or uniting; union of persons or things; esp. a union or alliance of persons or states to effect some purpose; - usually in a bad sense.
A combination of the most powerful men in Rome who had conspired my ruin.
- Melmoth.
3.(Chem.) The act or process of uniting by chemical affinity, by which substances unite with each other in definite proportions by weight to form distinct compounds.
4.(Math.) The different arrangements of a number of objects, as letters, into groups.
Combination car
a railroad car containing two or more compartments used for different purposes.
Combination lock
a lock in which the mechanism is controlled by means of a movable dial (sometimes by several dials or rings) inscribed with letters or other characters. The bolt of the lock can not be operated until after the dial has been so turned as to combine the characters in a certain order or succession.
Combination room
in the University of Cambridge, Eng., a room into which the fellows withdraw after dinner, for wine, dessert, and conversation.
Combination by volume
(Chem.) the act, process, or ratio by which gaseous elements and compounds unite in definite proportions by volume to form distinct compounds.
Combination by weight
(Chem.) the act, process, or ratio, in which substances unite in proportions by weight, relatively fixed and exact, to form distinct compounds. See Law of definite proportions, under Definite.
Noun1.combination - a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities
2.combination - a coordinated sequence of chess moves
3.combination - a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock; "he forgot the combination to the safe"
4.combination - a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose; "they were a winning combination"
5.combination - an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes)
6.combination - the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order
7.combination - the act of combining things to form a new whole

COMBINATION. A union of different things. A patent may be taken out for a new combination of existing machinery, or machines. See 2 Mason, 112; and Composition of matter.
     2. By combination is understood, in a bad sense, a union of men for the purpose of violating the law.

1.(mathematics)combination - A set containing a certain number of objects selected from another set.

The number of combinations of r objects chosen from a set of n is

n C r = n! / ((n-r)! r!)

where "n C r" is normally with n and r as subscripts or as n above r in parentheses.

See also permutation.
2.(reduction)combination - In the theory of combinators, a combination denotes an expression in which function application is the only operation.
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