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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Senate  \Sen"ate\,  n.  [OE.  senat,  F.  s['e]nat,  fr  L.  senatus 
  fr  senex,  gen.  senis,  old  an  old  man.  See  {Senior},  {Sir}.] 
  1.  An  assembly  or  council  having  the  highest  deliberative  and 
  legislative  functions.  Specifically: 
  a  (Anc.  Rom.)  A  body  of  elders  appointed  or  elected  from 
  among  the  nobles  of  the  nation,  and  having  supreme 
  legislative  authority. 
  The  senate  was  thus  the  medium  through  which  all 
  affairs  of  the  whole  government  had  to  pass. 
  --Dr.  W. 
  b  The  upper  and  less  numerous  branch  of  a  legislature  in 
  various  countries,  as  in  France,  in  the  United  States, 
  in  most  of  the  separate  States  of  the  United  States, 
  and  in  some  Swiss  cantons. 
  c  In  general,  a  legislative  body;  a  state  council;  the 
  legislative  department  of  government. 
  2.  The  governing  body  of  the  Universities  of  Cambridge  and 
  London.  [Eng.] 
  3.  In  some  American  colleges,  a  council  of  elected  students, 
  presided  over  by  the  president  of  the  college,  to  which 
  are  referred  cases  of  discipline  and  matters  of  general 
  concern  affecting  the  students.  [U.  S.] 
  {Senate  chamber},  a  room  where  a  senate  meets  when  it 
  transacts  business. 
  {Senate  house},  a  house  where  a  senate  meets  when  it 
  transacts  business. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  assembly  possessing  high  legislative  powers 
  2:  the  upper  house  of  the  US  Congress  [syn:  {United  States 
  Senate},  {Senate}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Acts  5:21),  the  "elders  of  Israel"  who  formed  a  component  part 
  of  the  Sanhedrin. 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  SENATE,  n.  A  body  of  elderly  gentlemen  charged  with  high  duties  and 

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