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alligation


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Alligation  \Al`li*ga"tion\,  n.  [L.  alligatio.] 
  1.  The  act  of  tying  together  or  attaching  by  some  bond,  or 
  the  state  of  being  attached.  [R.] 
 
  2.  (Arith.)  A  rule  relating  to  the  solution  of  questions 
  concerning  the  compounding  or  mixing  of  different 
  ingredients,  or  ingredients  of  different  qualities  or 
  values. 
 
  Note:  The  rule  is  named  from  the  method  of  connecting 
  together  the  terms  by  certain  ligature-like  signs. 
  Alligation  is  of  two  kinds,  medial  and  alternate; 
  medial  teaching  the  method  of  finding  the  price  or 
  quality  of  a  mixture  of  several  simple  ingredients 
  whose  prices  and  qualities  are  known  alternate, 
  teaching  the  amount  of  each  of  several  simple 
  ingredients  whose  prices  or  qualities  are  known  which 
  will  be  required  to  make  a  mixture  of  given  price  or 
  quality.