1. [syn: equivalent, equivalent weight, combining weight, eq]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Combine \Com*bine"\, v. i.
1. To form a union; to agree; to coalesce; to confederate.
You with your foes combine,
And seem your own destruction to design --Dryden.
So sweet did harp and voice combine. --Sir W.
2. To unite by affinity or natural attraction; as, two
substances, which will not combine of themselves, may be
made to combine by the intervention of a third.
3. (Card Playing) In the game of casino, to play a card which
will take two or more cards whose aggregate number of pips
equals those of the card played.
Combining weight (Chem.), that proportional weight, usually
referred to hydrogen as a standard, and for each element
fixed and exact, by which an element unites with another
to form a distinct compound. The combining weights either
are identical with, or are multiples or submultiples of,
the atomic weight. See Atomic weight, under Atomic, a.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the atomic weight of an element that has the same combining
capacity as a given weight of another element; the standard
is 8 for oxygen [syn: equivalent, equivalent weight,
combining weight, eq]