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Dictionary Definition

Union adj
1 being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the Civil War; "Union soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman" [syn: Federal]
2 of trade unions; "the union movement"; "union negotiations"; "a union-shop clause in the contract" [ant: nonunion]


1 an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a job" [syn: labor union, trade union, trades union, brotherhood]
2 the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War); "he has visited every state in the Union"; "Lee hoped to detach Maryland from the Union"; "the North's superior resources turned the scale" [syn: North]
3 the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes; "the casual couplings of adolescents"; "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring" [syn: coupling, mating, pairing, conjugation, sexual union]
4 the state of being joined or united or linked; "there is strength in union" [syn: unification] [ant: separation]
5 the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce); "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union" [syn: marriage, matrimony, spousal relationship, wedlock]
6 healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones [syn: conglutination]
7 a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations; "the Soviet Union"
8 a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets; "let C be the union of the sets A and B" [syn: sum, join]
9 the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts; "lightning produced an unusual union of the metals"
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; "the union of opposing factions"; "he looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays" [syn: unification, uniting, conjugation, jointure] [ant: disunion]

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Extensive Definition

Union generally refers to two or more things joined into one, such as an organization of multiple people or organizations, multiple objects combined into one, and so on. The term may mean:

In politics

In sports and entertainment

In education

The term student union can be used in either of two senses:
  • Students' union, a student organization at many colleges and universities dedicated to student governance (not common in USA, see below)
  • Student activity center, a building that typically hosts a "union" of student services (e.g., food service, health facilities, lounges) at such institutions (also know as a "student center" or "student commons")
In the United States, the phrase more commonly refers to the building. The phrase "student government" or "student senate" is usually used when referring to the subject of the "Students' union" article.

In transportation

In tradesmanship

In numismatics

  • Union (coinage), a US gold coin that was worth $100 face value, it was never made because it would only be circulated among banks.

In mathematics and computer science

As a surname

union in German: Union
union in Spanish: Unión
union in French: Union
union in Italian: Union
union in Dutch: Unie
union in Japanese: ユニオン (曖昧さ回避)
union in Norwegian Nynorsk: Union
union in Polish: Union
union in Portuguese: União
union in Russian: Объединение
union in Finnish: Unioni
union in Swedish: Union

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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