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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Relation  \Re*la"tion\  (r?-l?"sh?n),  n.  [F.  relation,  L.  relatio. 
  See  {Relate}.] 
  1.  The  act  of  relating  or  telling;  also  that  which  is 
  related;  recital;  account;  narration;  narrative;  as  the 
  relation  of  historical  events. 
  ??????oet's  relation  doth  well  figure  them  --Bacon. 
  2.  The  state  of  being  related  or  of  referring;  what  is 
  apprehended  as  appertaining  to  a  being  or  quality,  by 
  considering  it  in  its  bearing  upon  something  else; 
  relative  quality  or  condition;  the  being  such  and  such 
  with  regard  or  respect  to  some  other  thing  connection; 
  as  the  relation  of  experience  to  knowledge;  the  relation 
  of  master  to  servant. 
  Any  sort  of  connection  which  is  perceived  or 
  imagined  between  two  or  more  things  or  any 
  comparison  which  is  made  by  the  mind,  is  a  relation. 
  --I.  Taylor. 
  3.  Reference;  respect;  regard. 
  I  have  been  importuned  to  make  some  observations  on 
  this  art  in  relation  to  its  agreement  with  poetry. 
  4.  Connection  by  consanguinity  or  affinity;  kinship; 
  relationship;  as  the  relation  of  parents  and  children. 
  Relations  dear,  and  all  the  charities  Of  father, 
  son,  and  brother,  first  were  known  --Milton. 
  5.  A  person  connected  by  cosanguinity  or  affinity;  a 
  relative;  a  kinsman  or  kinswoman. 
  For  me  .  .  .  my  relation  does  not  care  a  rush.  --Ld. 
  6.  (Law) 
  a  The  carrying  back  and  giving  effect  or  operation  to 
  an  act  or  proceeding  frrom  some  previous  date  or  time, 
  by  a  sort  of  fiction,  as  if  it  had  happened  or  begun 
  at  that  time.  In  such  case  the  act  is  said  to  take 
  effect  by  relation. 
  b  The  act  of  a  relator  at  whose  instance  a  suit  is 
  begun.  --Wharton.  Burrill 
  Syn:  Recital;  rehearsal;  narration;  account;  narrative;  tale; 
  detail;  description;  kindred;  kinship;  consanguinity; 
  affinity;  kinsman;  kinswoman. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  an  abstraction  belonging  to  or  characteristic  of  two 
  entities  or  parts  together 
  2:  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},  {congress},  {sexual 
  relation},  {carnal  knowledge}] 
  3:  a  person  related  by  blood  or  marriage;  "police  are  searching 
  for  relatives  of  the  deceased";  "he  has  distant  relations 
  back  in  New  Jersey"  [syn:  {relative}] 
  4:  an  act  of  narration;  "he  was  the  hero  according  to  his  own 
  relation";  "his  endless  recounting  of  the  incident 
  eventually  became  unbearable"  [syn:  {telling},  {recounting}] 
  5:  (usually  plural)  mutual  dealings  or  connections  among 
  persons  or  groups:  "international  relations" 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
  1.    A  subset  of  the  {product}  of  two  sets,  R  :  A 
  x  B.  If  (a,  b)  is  an  element  of  R  then  we  write  a  R  b, 
  meaning  a  is  related  to  b  by  R.  A  relation  may  be: 
  {reflexive}  (a  R  a),  {symmetric}  (a  R  b  =>  b  R  a), 
  {transitive}  (a  R  b  &  b  R  c  =>  a  R  c),  {antisymmetric}  (a  R  b 
  &  b  R  a  =>  a  =  b)  or  {total}  (a  R  b  or  b  R  a). 
  See  {equivalence  relation},  {partial  ordering},  {pre-order}, 
  {total  ordering}. 
  2.    A  {table}  in  a  {relational  database}. 

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