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UNION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Union mean? 

UNION (noun)
  The noun UNION has 11 senses:

1. an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer
2. the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War)
3. the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
4. the state of being joined or united or linked
5. the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
6. healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones
7. a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations
8. a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets
9. the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts
10. a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)
11. the act of making or becoming a single unit

  Familiarity information: UNION used as a noun is familiar.


UNION (adjective)
  The adjective UNION has 2 senses:

1. being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War
2. of trade unions

  Familiarity information: UNION used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNION (noun)


Sense 1union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

union; trades union; trade union; labor union; brotherhood

Context example:

you have to join the union in order to get a job

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

organisation; organization (a group of people who work together)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "union"):

industrial union; vertical union (a labor union that admits all workers in a given industry irrespective of their craft)

craft union (a labor union whose membership is restricted to workers in a particular craft)

company union (a union of workers for a single company; a union not affiliated with a larger union)

I.W.W.; Industrial Workers of the World; IWW (a former international labor union and radical labor movement in the United States; founded in Chicago in 1905 and dedicated to the overthrow of capitalism; its membership declined after World War I)

Holonyms ("union" is a part of...):

labor; labor movement; trade union movement (an organized attempt by workers to improve their status by united action (particularly via labor unions) or the leaders of this movement)


Sense 2Union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting spatial position

Synonyms:

North; Union

Context examples:

he has visited every state in the Union / Lee hoped to detach Maryland from the Union / the North's superior resources turned the scale

Instance hypernyms:

America; the States; U.S.; U.S.A.; United States; United States of America; US; USA (North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776)

Meronyms (parts of "Union"):

free state (any state prohibiting slavery prior to the American Civil War)

Attribute:

northern (in or characteristic of a region of the United States north of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line)

Domain region:

America; the States; U.S.; U.S.A.; United States; United States of America; US; USA (North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776)


Sense 3union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

sexual union; pairing; mating; coupling; union; conjugation

Context examples:

the casual couplings of adolescents / the mating of some species occurs only in the spring

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

sex; sex activity; sexual activity; sexual practice (activities associated with sexual intercourse)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "union"):

service; servicing (the act of mating by male animals)

inbreeding (the act of mating closely related individuals)

cross; crossbreeding; crossing; hybridisation; hybridization; hybridizing; interbreeding ((genetics) the act of mixing different species or varieties of animals or plants and thus to produce hybrids)

disassortative mating (mating of individuals having traits more dissimilar than likely in random mating)

assortative mating (mating of individuals having more traits in common than likely in random mating)


Sense 4union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being joined or united or linked

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

unification; union

Context example:

there is strength in union

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

state (the way something is with respect to its main attributes)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "union"):

marriage (a close and intimate union)

association (the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination)

colligation; conjugation; conjunction; junction (the state of being joined together)

connectedness; connection; link (the state of being connected)

coalition; fusion (the state of being combined into one body)

syncretism (the union (or attempted fusion) of different systems of thought or belief (especially in religion or philosophy))

Antonym:

separation (the state of lacking unity)


Sense 5union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

wedlock; spousal relationship; matrimony; marriage; union

Context examples:

a long and happy marriage / God bless this union

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

marital status (the condition of being married or unmarried)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "union"):

sigeh (a Shiite tradition of temporary marriage permitted in Iran that allows a couple to specify the terms of their relationship; can last from a few minutes to 99 years)

polygamy (having more than one spouse at a time)

cuckoldom (the state of a husband whose wife has committed adultery)

open marriage (a marriage in which each partner is free to enter into extraneous sexual relationships without guilt or jealousy from the other)

monogamousness; monogamy (having only one spouse at a time)

monandry (the state of having only one husband at a time)

misalliance (an unsuitable alliance (especially with regard to marriage))

marriage of convenience (a marriage for expediency rather than love)

exogamy; intermarriage (marriage to a person belonging to a tribe or group other than your own as required by custom or law)

endogamy; inmarriage; intermarriage (marriage within one's own tribe or group as required by custom or law)

common-law marriage (a marriage relationship created by agreement and cohabitation rather than by ceremony)

bigamy (having two spouses at the same time)


Sense 6union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Synonyms:

conglutination; union

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

healing (the natural process by which the body repairs itself)


Sense 7union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Context example:

the Soviet Union

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

political entity; political unit (a unit with political responsibilities)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "union"):

customs union (an association of nations to promote free trade within the union and set common tariffs for nations that are not members)

league (an association of states or organizations or individuals for common action)

enosis (the union of Greece and Cyprus (which is the goal of a group of Greek Cypriots))

confederacy; confederation; federation (a union of political organizations)


Sense 8union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

join; sum; union

Context example:

let C be the union of the sets A and B

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

set (a group of things of the same kind that belong together and are so used)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "union"):

direct sum (a union of two disjoint sets in which every element is the sum of an element from each of the disjoint sets)


Sense 9union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The occurrence of a uniting of separate parts

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Context example:

lightning produced an unusual union of the metals

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

happening; natural event; occurrence; occurrent (an event that happens)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "union"):

combine; combining (an occurrence that results in things being united)

fusion; merger; unification (an occurrence that involves the production of a union)

amphimixis (union of sperm and egg in sexual reproduction)


Sense 10union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

device (an emblematic design (especially in heraldry))


Sense 11union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of making or becoming a single unit

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

jointure; uniting; unification; conjugation; union

Context examples:

the union of opposing factions / he looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays

Hypernyms ("union" is a kind of...):

combination; combining; compounding (the act of combining things to form a new whole)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "union"):

coalescence; coalescency; coalition; concretion; conglutination (the union of diverse things into one body or form or group; the growing together of parts)

reunification; reunion (the act of coming together again)

tribalisation; tribalization (the act of making tribal; unification on a tribal basis)

umbrella (having the function of uniting a group of similar things)

Antonym:

disunion (the termination or destruction of union)


UNION (adjective)


Sense 1Union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War

Synonyms:

Union; Federal

Context examples:

Union soldiers / Federal forces / a Federal infantryman

Similar:

northern (in or characteristic of a region of the United States north of (approximately) the Mason-Dixon line)


Sense 2union [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of trade unions

Context examples:

the union movement / union negotiations / a union-shop clause in the contract

Similar:

closed (requiring union membership)

organised; organized; unionised; unionized (being a member of or formed into a labor union)

Antonym:

nonunion (not belonging to or not allowing affiliation with a trade union)


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