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NOUN (5)

1. the state of being allied or confederated;
[syn: alliance, confederation]

2. a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest;
- Example: "the shifting alliances within a large family"
- Example: "their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them"
[syn: alliance, bond]

3. an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty;
[syn: alliance, coalition, alignment, alinement]

4. a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim;

5. the act of forming an alliance or confederation;
[syn: confederation, alliance]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Alliance \Al*li"ance\, v. t. To connect by alliance; to ally. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Alliance \Al*li"ance\, n. [OE. aliaunce, OF. aliance, F. alliance, fr. OF. alier, F. allier. See Ally, and cf. LL. alligantia.] 1. The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league; as, matrimonial alliances; an alliance between church and state; an alliance between France and England. [1913 Webster] 2. Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity. [1913 Webster] The alliance of the principles of the world with those of the gospel. --C. J. Smith. [1913 Webster] The alliance . . . between logic and metaphysics. --Mansel. [1913 Webster] 3. The persons or parties allied. --Udall. [1913 Webster] Syn: Connection; affinity; union; confederacy; confederation; league; coalition. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

alliance n 1: the state of being allied or confederated [syn: alliance, confederation] 2: a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; "the shifting alliances within a large family"; "their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them" [syn: alliance, bond] 3: an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty [syn: alliance, coalition, alignment, alinement] [ant: nonalignment, nonalinement] 4: a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim 5: the act of forming an alliance or confederation [syn: confederation, alliance]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

266 Moby Thesaurus words for "alliance": Anschluss, Bund, NATO, Rochdale cooperative, SEATO, a world-without-end bargain, accompaniment, accord, accordance, addition, adjunct, affairs, affiliation, affinity, agglomeration, aggregation, agnation, agreement, alignment, alikeness, amalgamation, analogy, ancestry, anschluss, aping, approach, approximation, assemblage, assimilation, association, axis, band, bed, blend, blending, bloc, blood, blood relationship, body, bond, bond of matrimony, bridebed, brotherhood, brothership, cabal, cahoots, capitulation, cartel, centralization, closeness, club, co-working, coaction, coadunation, coalescence, coalition, cognation, cohabitation, coincidence, collaboration, colleagueship, collectivity, college, collegialism, collegiality, collusion, combination, combine, combined effort, combo, common ancestry, common descent, common market, community, comparability, comparison, composition, comradeship, concert, concerted action, concomitance, concord, concordance, concordat, concourse, concurrence, confederacy, confederation, confluence, conformity, confraternity, congeries, conglomeration, conjugal bond, conjugal knot, conjugation, conjunction, connectedness, connection, consanguinity, consilience, consolidation, conspiracy, consumer cooperative, contiguity, contrariety, convention, cooperation, cooperative, cooperative society, copartnership, copartnery, copying, corps, correspondence, council, cousinhood, cousinship, coverture, credit union, customs union, dealings, deduction, disjunction, economic community, ecumenism, embodiment, enation, encompassment, enosis, entente, entente cordiale, fatherhood, federalization, federation, fellowship, filiation, fraternalism, fraternity, fraternization, free trade area, freemasonry, fusion, gang, group, grouping, holy matrimony, holy wedlock, homology, hookup, husbandhood, identity, ill-assorted marriage, imitation, inclusion, incorporation, integration, intercourse, intermarriage, international agreement, interracial marriage, intimacy, junction, junta, kindred, kinship, league, liaison, likeness, likening, link, linkage, linking, machine, marriage, marriage bed, marriage sacrament, match, maternity, matrilineage, matriliny, matrimonial union, matrimony, matrisib, matrocliny, meld, melding, merger, mesalliance, metaphor, mimicking, misalliance, miscegenation, mixed marriage, mob, motherhood, mutual attraction, mutual-defense treaty, nearness, nonaggression pact, nuptial bond, order, package, package deal, pact, paction, parallelism, parasitism, parity, partnership, paternity, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, political machine, propinquity, proximity, rapport, relatedness, relation, relations, relationship, resemblance, ring, sacrament of matrimony, sameness, saprophytism, semblance, sibship, similarity, simile, similitude, simulation, simultaneity, sisterhood, sistership, society, sodality, solidification, sorority, spousehood, symbiosis, sympathy, synchronism, syncretism, syndication, syneresis, synergy, synthesis, tie, tie-in, tie-up, ties of blood, treaty, unification, union, united action, unity, wedded bliss, wedded state, weddedness, wedding, wedding knot, wedlock, wifehood
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

ALLIANCE A complete set of CAD tools for teaching Digital CMOS VLSI Design in Universities. It includes a VHDL compiler and simulator, logic synthesis tools, and automatic place and route tools. ALLIANCE is the result of a ten years effort at University Pierre et Marie Curie (PARIS VI, France). It runs on Sun-4, not well supported: MIPS/Ultrix, 386/SystemV. Latest version: 1.1, as of 1993-02-16. (1993-02-16)
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Alliance a treaty between nations, or between individuals, for their mutual advantage. Abraham formed an alliance with some of the Canaanitish princes (Gen. 14:13), also with Abimelech (21:22-32). Joshua and the elders of Israel entered into an alliance with the Gibeonites (Josh. 9:3-27). When the Israelites entered Palestine they were forbidden to enter into alliances with the inhabitants of the country (Lev. 18:3, 4; 20:22, 23). Solomon formed a league with Hiram (1 Kings 5:12). This "brotherly covenant" is referred to 250 years afterwards (Amos 1:9). He also appears to have entered into an alliance with Pharaoh (1 Kings 10:28, 29). In the subsequent history of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel various alliances were formed between them and also with neighbouring nations at different times. From patriarchal times a covenant of alliance was sealed by the blood of some sacrificial victim. The animal sacrificed was cut in two (except birds), and between these two parts the persons contracting the alliance passed (Gen. 15:10). There are frequent allusions to this practice (Jer. 34:18). Such alliances were called "covenants of salt" (Num. 18:19; 2 Chr. 13:5), salt being the symbol of perpetuity. A pillar was set up as a memorial of the alliance between Laban and Jacob (Gen. 31:52). The Jews throughout their whole history attached great importance to fidelity to their engagements. Divine wrath fell upon the violators of them (Josh. 9:18; 2 Sam. 21:1, 2; Ezek. 17:16).
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ALLIANCE, international law. A contract, treaty, or league between two sovereigns or states, made to insure their safety and common defence. 2. Alliances made for warlike purposes are divided in general into defensive and offensive; in the former the nation only engages to defend her ally in case he be attacked; in the latter she unites with him for the purpose of making an attack, or jointly waging the war against another nation. Some alliances are both offensive and defensive; and there seldom is an offensive alliance which is not also defensive. Vattel, B. 3, c. 6, Sec. 79; 2 Dall. 15.
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

ALLIANCE, relationship. The union or connexion of two persons or families by marriage, which is also called affinity. This is derived from the Latin preposition ad and ligare, to bind. Vide Inst 1, 10, 6; Dig 38, 10, 4, 3; and Affinity.
The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906):

ALLIANCE, n. In international politics, the union of two thieves who have their hands so deeply inserted in each other's pockets that they cannot separately plunder a third.
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Alliance, NE -- U.S. city in Nebraska Population (2000): 8959 Housing Units (2000): 4062 Land area (2000): 4.767735 sq. miles (12.348377 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.012236 sq. miles (0.031691 sq. km) Total area (2000): 4.779971 sq. miles (12.380068 sq. km) FIPS code: 00905 Located within: Nebraska (NE), FIPS 31 Location: 42.101382 N, 102.870272 W ZIP Codes (1990): 69301 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Alliance, NE Alliance
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Alliance, NC -- U.S. town in North Carolina Population (2000): 781 Housing Units (2000): 304 Land area (2000): 2.005003 sq. miles (5.192933 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.005003 sq. miles (5.192933 sq. km) FIPS code: 01000 Located within: North Carolina (NC), FIPS 37 Location: 35.143133 N, 76.815333 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Alliance, NC Alliance
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Alliance, OH -- U.S. city in Ohio Population (2000): 23253 Housing Units (2000): 9730 Land area (2000): 8.611823 sq. miles (22.304518 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.002385 sq. miles (0.006176 sq. km) Total area (2000): 8.614208 sq. miles (22.310694 sq. km) FIPS code: 01420 Located within: Ohio (OH), FIPS 39 Location: 40.913358 N, 81.108094 W ZIP Codes (1990): 44601 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Alliance, OH Alliance