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NOUN (7)

1. a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities;

2. a coordinated sequence of chess moves;

3. a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock;
- Example: "he forgot the combination to the safe"

4. a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose;
- Example: "they were a winning combination"

5. 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. the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order;

7. the act of combining things to form a new whole;
[syn: combination, combining, compounding]

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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Combination \Com`bi*na"tion\, n. [LL. combinatio. See Combine.] 1. The act or process of combining or uniting persons and things. [1913 Webster] Making new compounds by new combinations. --Boyle. [1913 Webster] A solemn combination shall be made Of our dear souls. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] A combination of the most powerful men in Rome who had conspired my ruin. --Melmoth. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 4. pl. (Math.) The different arrangements of a number of objects, as letters, into groups. [1913 Webster] Note: In combinations no regard is paid to the order in which the objects are arranged in each group, while in variations and permutations this order is respected. --Brande & C. [1913 Webster] Combination car, a railroad car containing two or more compartments used for different purposes. [U. S.] 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. Syn: Cabal; alliance; association; league; union; confederacy; coalition; conspiracy. See Cabal. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

combination n 1: a collection of things that have been combined; an assemblage of separate parts or qualities 2: a coordinated sequence of chess moves 3: a sequence of numbers or letters that opens a combination lock; "he forgot the combination to the safe" 4: a group of people (often temporary) having a common purpose; "they were a winning combination" 5: 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: the act of arranging elements into specified groups without regard to order 7: the act of combining things to form a new whole [syn: combination, combining, compounding]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

284 Moby Thesaurus words for "combination": Bund, Rochdale cooperative, accompaniment, accord, accordance, addition, adjunct, admixture, affairs, affiliation, affinity, agglomeration, agglutination, aggregate, aggregation, agreement, alignment, alliance, alloy, alloyage, amalgam, amalgamation, approximation, array, articulation, assemblage, assembly, association, axis, band, blend, blending, bloc, body, bond, bracketing, brew, building, buildup, cabal, cahoots, call-up, canvass, cartel, census, circle, clique, closeness, clustering, co-working, coaction, coadunation, coalescence, coalition, coincidence, collaboration, colleagueship, collection, collectivity, college, collegialism, collegiality, colligation, collocation, colloid, collusion, combine, combined effort, combo, comminglement, commingling, commixture, common market, communication, comparison, composite, composition, compound, comradeship, concatenation, concert, concerted action, concoction, concomitance, concordance, concourse, concurrence, confection, confederacy, confederation, confluence, conflux, confraternity, congeries, conglomerate, conglomeration, congregation, conjugation, conjunction, connectedness, connection, consilience, consolidation, consortium, conspiracy, constitution, construction, consumer cooperative, contiguity, contrariety, convergence, cooperation, cooperative, cooperative society, copartnership, copartnery, copulation, corps, corralling, correspondence, coterie, council, coupling, credit union, customs union, data-gathering, dealings, decoction, decoctum, deduction, disjunction, eclecticism, economic community, embodiment, emulsion, ensemble, fabrication, faction, fashioning, federation, fellowship, filiation, formation, fraternalism, fraternity, fraternization, free trade area, freemasonry, fusion, gang, gathering, getup, group, grouping, homology, hookup, identification, identity, immixture, inclusion, incorporation, individuality, indivisibility, ingathering, intactness, integrality, integration, integrity, intercommunication, intercourse, interfusion, interlarding, interlardment, interlinking, interminglement, intermingling, intermixture, intimacy, inventory, inviolability, irreducibility, joinder, joining, jointure, junction, juxtaposition, knotting, league, liaison, link, linkage, linking, machine, magma, make, makeup, marriage, meeting, melding, mergence, merger, merging, mingling, mix, mixing, mixture, mob, mobilization, mosaic, muster, mutual attraction, nearness, oneness, organic unity, organization, pairing, parasitism, particularity, partnership, party, paste, patchwork, piecing together, pluralism, political machine, pool, propinquity, proximity, purity, putting together, rapport, relatedness, relation, relations, relationship, ring, rodeo, roundup, saprophytism, selfsameness, set, setup, shaping, similarity, simplicity, simultaneity, singleness, singularity, society, sodality, solidarity, solidification, solidity, solution, sorority, splice, structure, structuring, survey, suspension, symbiosis, sympathy, synchronism, syncretism, syndicate, syndication, syneresis, synergy, synthesis, tie, tie-in, tie-up, togetherness, trust, undividedness, unification, uniformity, union, uniqueness, united action, unity, univocity, wholeness, yoking
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

combination 1. 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. In the theory of combinators, a combination denotes an expression in which function application is the only operation. (1995-04-10)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

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.