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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Association  \As*so`ci*a"tion\  (?;  277),  n.  [Cf.  F.  association, 
  LL  associatio,  fr  L.  associare.] 
  1.  The  act  of  associating,  or  state  of  being  associated; 
  union;  connection,  whether  of  persons  of  things  ``Some  . 
  .  .  bond  of  association.''  --Hooker. 
 
  Self-denial  is  a  kind  of  holy  association  with  God. 
  --Boyle. 
 
  2.  Mental  connection,  or  that  which  is  mentally  linked  or 
  associated  with  a  thing 
 
  Words  .  .  .  must  owe  their  powers  association. 
  --Johnson. 
 
  Why  should  .  .  .  the  holiest  words  with  all  their 
  venerable  associations,  be  profaned?  --Coleridge. 
 
  3.  Union  of  persons  in  a  company  or  society  for  some 
  particular  purpose;  as  the  American  Association  for  the 
  Advancement  of  Science;  a  benevolent  association. 
  Specifically,  as  among  the  Congregationalists,  a  society, 
  consisting  of  a  number  of  ministers,  generally  the  pastors 
  of  neighboring  churches,  united  for  promoting  the 
  interests  of  religion  and  the  harmony  of  the  churches. 
 
  {Association  of  ideas}  (Physiol.),  the  combination  or 
  connection  of  states  of  mind  or  their  objects  with  one 
  another,  as  the  result  of  which  one  is  said  to  be  revived 
  or  represented  by  means  of  the  other  The  relations 
  according  to  which  they  are  thus  connected  or  revived  are 
  called  the  law  of  association.  Prominent  among  them  are 
  reckoned  the  relations  of  time  and  place  and  of  cause  and 
  effect.  --Porter. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  association 
  n  1:  a  formal  organization  of  people;  "he  joined  the  Modern 
  Language  Association" 
  2:  the  act  of  consorting  with  or  joining  with  others  "you 
  cannot  be  convicted  of  criminal  guilt  by  association" 
  3:  the  state  of  being  connected  together  as  in  memory  or 
  imagination;  "his  association  of  his  father  with  being 
  beaten  was  too  strong  to  break" 
  4:  a  social  or  business  relationship:  "a  valuable  financial 
  affiliation";  "he  was  sorry  he  had  to  sever  his  ties  with 
  other  members  of  the  team";  "many  close  associations  with 
  England"  [syn:  {affiliation},  {tie},  {tie-up}] 
  5:  the  process  of  bringing  ideas  or  events  together  in  memory 
  or  imagination;  "conditioning  is  a  form  of  learning  by 
  association"  [syn:  {connection},  {connexion}] 
  6:  any  process  of  combination  (in  solution)  that  depend  on 
  relatively  weak  chemical  bonding 




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