Definitions of association

  1. the act of consorting with or joining with others; " you cannot be convicted of criminal guilt by association"
  2. the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination; " conditioning is a form of learning by association"
  3. ( ecology) a group of organisms ( plants and animals) that live together in a certain geographical region and constitute a community with a few dominant species
  4. a formal organization of people or groups of people; " he joined the Modern Language Association"
  5. ( chemistry) any process of combination ( especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
  6. a relation resulting from interaction or dependence; " flints were found in association with the prehistoric remains of the bear"; " the host is not always injured by association with a parasite"
  7. The act of associating, or state of being associated; union; connection, whether of persons of things.
  8. Mental connection, or that which is mentally linked or associated with a thing.
  9. 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.
  10. A group of people who have joined together for a common purpose. Unlike a corporation, an association is not a legal entity. The law may treat an association like a corporation, however, if it has been operating in a corporate manner -- for example, if it has a charter and shareholders.
  11. The act of joining together or the state of fellowship; the union of persons in a society or club; a body of persons organized for a common object; a corporation; a connection of ideas; that which is mentally connected with a thing.
  12. Act of associating: union or combination: a society of persons joined together to promote some object.
  13. Act of associating; union; society.
  14. The act of associating; fellowship; combination; society; corporation.
  15. Connection of ideas.
  16. The union of persons in a company for mutual benefit; a society; connection, applied to ideas.
  17. Adherence of gregarines without fusion of nuclei; fibres connecting white matter of interior of brain with cortex of convolutions.