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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Congress  \Con"gress\,  n.;  pl  {Congresses}.  [L.  congressus,  fr 
  congredi  p.  p.  -gressus,  to  go  or  come  together;  con-  + 
  grati  to  go  or  step,  gradus  step:  cf  F.  congr?s.  See 
  {Grade}.] 
  1.  A  meeting  of  individuals,  whether  friendly  or  hostile;  an 
  encounter.  [Obs.] 
 
  Here  Pallas  urges  on  and  Lausus  there  Their 
  congress  in  the  field  great  Jove  withstands. 
  --Dryden. 
 
  2.  A  sudden  encounter;  a  collision;  a  shock;  --  said  of 
  things  [Obs.] 
 
  From  these  laws  may  be  deduced  the  rules  of  the 
  congresses  and  reflections  of  two  bodies.  --Cheyne. 
 
  3.  The  coming  together  of  a  male  and  female  in  sexual 
  commerce;  the  act  of  coition.  --Pennant. 
 
  4.  A  gathering  or  assembly;  a  conference. 
 
  5.  A  formal  assembly,  as  of  princes,  deputies, 
  representatives,  envoys,  or  commissioners;  esp.,  a  meeting 
  of  the  representatives  of  several  governments  or  societies 
  to  consider  and  determine  matters  of  common  interest. 
 
  The  European  powers  strove  to  .  .  .  accommodate 
  their  differences  at  the  congress  of  Vienna. 
  --Alison. 
 
  6.  The  collective  body  of  senators  and  representatives  of  the 
  people  of  a  nation,  esp.  of  a  republic,  constituting  the 
  chief  legislative  body  of  the  nation. 
 
  Note:  In  the  Congress  of  the  United  States  (which  took  the 
  place  of  the  Federal  Congress,  March  4,  1789),  the 
  Senate  consists  of  two  Senators  from  each  State,  chosen 
  by  the  State  legislature  for  a  term  of  six  years,  in 
  such  a  way  that  the  terms  of  one  third  of  the  whole 
  number  expire  every  year;  the  House  of  Representatives 
  consists  of  members  elected  by  the  people  of  the 
  several  Congressional  districts,  for  a  term  of  two 
  years,  the  term  of  all  ending  at  the  same  time.  The 
  united  body  of  Senators  and  Representatives  for  any 
  term  of  two  years  for  which  the  whole  body  of 
  Representatives  is  chosen  is  called  one  Congress.  Thus 
  the  session  which  began  in  December,  1887,  was  the 
  first  (or  long)  session,  and  that  which  began  in 
  December,  1888,  was  the  second  (or  short)  session,  of 
  the  Fiftieth  Congress.  When  an  extra  session  is  had 
  before  the  date  of  the  first  regular  meeting  of  a 
  Congress,  that  is  called  the  first  session,  and  the 
  following  regular  session  is  called  the  second  session. 
 
  7.  The  lower  house  of  the  Spanish  Cortes,  the  members  of 
  which  are  elected  for  three  years. 
 
  {The  Continental  Congress},  an  assembly  of  deputies  from  the 
  thirteen  British  colonies  in  America,  appointed  to 
  deliberate  in  respect  to  their  common  interests.  They 
  first  met  in  1774,  and  from  time  thereafter  until  near  the 
  close  of  the  Revolution. 
 
  {The  Federal  Congress},  the  assembly  of  representatives  of 
  the  original  States  of  the  American  Union,  who  met  under 
  the  Articles  of  Confederation  from  1781  till  1789. 
 
  {Congress  boot}  or  {gaiter},  a  high  shoe  or  half-boot,  coming 
  above  the  ankle,  and  having  the  sides  made  in  part  of  some 
  elastic  material  which  stretches  to  allow  the  boot  to  be 
  drawn  on  and  off  [U.S.] 
 
  {Congress  water},  a  saline  mineral  water  from  the  Congress 
  spring  at  Saratoga,  in  the  State  of  New  York. 
 
  Syn:  Assembly;  meeting;  convention;  convocation;  council; 
  diet;  conclave;  parliament;  legislature. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Congress 
  n  1:  the  legislature  of  the  US  government  [syn:  {Congress},  {United 
  States  Congress}] 
  2:  a  meeting  of  elected  or  appointed  representatives 
  3:  a  national  legislative  assembly 
  4:  the  act  of  sexual  procreation  between  a  man  and  a  woman;  the 
  man's  penis  is  inserted  into  the  woman's  vagina  and 
  excited  until  orgasm  and  ejaculation  occur  [syn:  {sexual 
  intercourse},  {intercourse},  {sex  act},  {copulation},  {coitus}, 
  {coition},  {sexual  congress},  {sexual  relation},  {relation}, 
  {carnal  knowledge}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Congress,  AZ 
  Zip  code(s):  85332 
  Congress,  OH  (village,  FIPS  18308) 
  Location:  40.92630  N,  82.05529  W 
  Population  (1990):  162  (61  housing  units) 
  Area:  0.4  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  CONGRESS,  n.  A  body  of  men  who  meet  to  repeal  laws. 
 
 




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