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Association appears in the following tongue twister:

  • National Sheepshire Sheep Association

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun association:

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Definition of the noun association

What does association mean as a name of something?

Association is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: associations

  1. a formal organization of people or groups of people
  2. the act of consorting with or joining with others
    • example: you cannot be convicted of criminal guilt by association
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic term: social activity = activity considered appropriate on social occasions
    • more specific words:
  3. the state of being connected together as in memory or imagination
    • example: his association of his father with being beaten was too strong to break
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • antonym: disassociation
    • more generic words: unification / union = the state of being joined or united or linked
  4. the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
    • example: conditioning is a form of learning by association
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of association: connection / connexion
    • more generic words: memory / remembering = the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered
    • more specific word: colligation = the connection of isolated facts by a general hypothesis
  5. a social or business relationship
    • example: many close associations with England
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of association: affiliation / tie / tie-up
    • more generic word: relationship = a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
  6. a relation resulting from interaction or dependence
    • examples: flints were found in association with the prehistoric remains of the bear | the host is not always injured by association with a parasite
    • lexical domain: Relations - nouns denoting relations between people or things or ideas
    • more generic word: relation = an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
  7. (chemistry) any process of combination (especially in solution) that depends on relatively weak chemical bonding
  8. (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
    • domain: bionomics / ecology / environmental science
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: group / grouping = any number of entities (members) considered as a unit
    • more specific word: antibiosis = an association between organisms that is harmful to one of them or between organisms and a metabolic product of another

Alternative definition of the noun association


  1. The act of associating.
  2. The state of being associated; a connection to or an affiliation with something.
  3. A group of persons associated for a common purpose; an organization; society.

Specialised definition of the noun association

Glossary of justice

time when prisoners are allowed to mix with each other outside their cells

  • region: UK


Association a.k.a. The Association is an American pop band from California in the folk rock or soft rock genre. During the 1960s, they had numerous hits at or near the top of the Billboard charts and were the lead-off band at 1967's Monterey Pop Festival.


  1. "Association" is a musical album.
  2. "Association" a.k.a. "Association!" is a musical single of Teenage Fanclub & International Airport.


"Association" is a book by David Phinnemore.

  • also known as "Association: stepping-stone or alternative to EU membership?"


  1. Association in psychology refers to a connection between conceptual entities or mental states that results from the similarity between those states or their proximity in space or time. The idea stems from Plato and Aristotle, especially with regard to the succession of memories, and it was carried on by philosophers such as John Locke, David Hume, David Hartley, James Mill, John Stuart Mill, and Alexander Bain. It finds its place in modern psychology in such areas as conditioning and in neural network models of memory.
    • also known as 聯想
  2. Association: In community ecology and phytosociology an association is a type of ecological community with a predictable species composition, consistent physiognomy which occurs in a particular habitat type. The term was first coined by Alexander von Humboldt and formalised by the International Botanical Congress in 1910.
  3. Association: In statistics, an association is any relationship between two measured quantities that renders them statistically dependent. The term "association" is closely related to the term "correlation." Both terms imply that two or more variables vary according to some pattern. However, correlation is more rigidly defined by some correlation coefficient which measures the degree to which the association of the variables tends to a certain pattern.
  4. Association: In object-oriented programming, association defines a relationship between classes of objects that allows one object instance to cause another to perform an action on its behalf. This relationship is structural, because it specifies that objects of one kind are connected to objects of another and does not represent behaviour.
  5. Association: An association is a combined or co-added group of astronomical exposures from which cosmic rays have been removed. WFPC2 associations constitute one type of association and are tools in the Hubble Space Telescope archive for using data from the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2. Associations were introduced in the HST archive at the beginning of 1998. Since then, astronomers have been able to retrieve on-the-fly re-calibrated co-added WFPC2 images that have already been cleaned of cosmic rays from the Space Telescope European Coordinating Facility, the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre and Space Telescope Science Institute archives.
  6. Association is a type of organization.

Phrases with Association

Phrases starting with the word Association:

  1. association area
  2. Association list
  3. association cortex
  4. association theory
  5. association football
  6. association of orangemen

Phrases ending with the word Association:

  1. Bar association
  2. free association
  3. Word Association
  4. press association
  5. Alumni association
  6. Damn by Association
  7. guilt by association
  8. Damned by Association
  9. world tamil association
  10. professional association
  11. national rifle association
  12. ulster defence association
  13. savings and loan association
  14. national volunteers association

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Association

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Google previewInteractive Multimedia Systems (2001)

by Rahman, Syed M.

Contextual association is an n-ary relationship between n semantic units in context. For instance, a contextual...

Structural association is a binary association between instances of semantic units in composition structure. For instance in ...

Google previewFully Integrated Data Environments (2012)

Persistent Programming Languages, Object Stores, and Programming Environments by Malcolm P. Atkinson, Ray Welland

An association is a modifiable set of tuples which is used to represent the existence of associations between classes of objects, in a way which resembles how n-m associations are represented in relational schemas: to represent the fact that ...

Google previewCreative Neighbourhoods (2005)

The Role of the Arts in Building Sustainable Communities by Graeme Beedham, Alvin Wade

Taff Housing Association is an Industrial and Provident Society, with charitable rules. It is registered with the National Assembly of...

Google previewMaking Sense of Data (2001)

A Self-Instruction Manual on the Interpretation of Epidemiological Data by J. H. Abramson, Z. H. Abramson

The association is a positive one. Low body weights hang together with low blood pressures; that is, the variables tend to go in the same direction. 8. True. There is a positive association between smoking and influenza. "Positive" does not ...

Google previewBoogarLists | Directory of Retail Trade Associations

The Association is a leading advocate for Nevada retailers and has a reputation as one of the most effective pro-business organizations in the state.

Google previewFibre Channel Storage Area Networks (2001)

by Fibre Channel Industry Association

The Fibre Channel Association is a group of companies involved in developing devices and technologies used with Fibre Channel, a very high-speed bus technology capable of bi-directional data transfer at rates in excess of one gigabit per ...

Google previewRecord of proceedings (1993)

And that is the point of the FLO's single standard : for the advance of freedom of association means the advance of democracy,

This threat to freedom of association is a threat to democracy, and not just in newly democratising countries.

Google previewBasic Statistics for Social Research (2012)

by Robert A. Hanneman, Augustine J. Kposowa, Mark D. Riddle

VISUALIZING INTERVAL/RATIO ASSOCIATION With nominal variables, association means that certain kinds of X's tend to also be certain kinds of Y's. With ordinal variables, association means that if a case ranks higher than another on X, we ...

Google previewTheory-Based Data Analysis for the Social Sciences (2002)

by Carol S Aneshensel

Association: The Basic Building Block Association is an integral component of the logic used to establish causality.

Google previewIntroduction To The Health Professions (2016)

Medicine, Medicine by CTI Reviews

The American School Health Association is a professional association. It claims a membership of 2,000 members in 56...

Google previewFPA applied to UML/Use Cases

by Peter Bink, Hans van den Brink, Robert Louwers, William Maas, Jolijn Onvlee, Wim Visser, and others

Association An association is a structural relationship between objects. An example is the relationship between customer and order. Within the Class- diagram, association is the simplest type of relationship. Just as in a traditional entity ...

Google previewProfessional Nursing, Concepts and Challenges (2016)

by CTI Reviews

The American Psychiatric Association is the main professional organization of psychiatrists and trainee psychiatrists in the United States, and the largest psychiatric organization in the world. Its some 36,000 members are mainly American but ...

Google previewBoogarLists | Directory of Industry Associations

The Washington Technology Industry Association is the largest state-wide association of technology companies and...

Google previewAdvances in Applied Microbiology (2014)

The association is a mutualistic symbiosis with the fungi enhancing nutrient capture for the plant while obtaining carbon in return. Although arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) lack any substantial saprophytic capability they do preferentially ...

Google previewCFTC and SEC : issues related to the ShadJohnson Jurisdictional Accord : report to congressional requesters

The International Swaps and Derivatives Association is a trade association that represents financial institutions worldwide. Its members include...

The Securities Industry Association is the national trade ...

Google previewInformation Technology Encyclopedia and Acronyms (2012)

by Ejub Kajan

Organizations & Consortia CAUCE Coalition Against Unsolicited Commercial Email 79 CAVERN CAVE Research Network 81 CBEMA Computer and Business Equipment Manufacturers Association B1 CCSDS Consultative Committee for ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Television, Cable, and Video (2012)

by R.M. Reed, M.K. Reed

4As A&E AAMSL AAVT ABC ABSTC ABU ACA ACATS ACEJMC ACI ACT ACTAT ACTRA ACVL - INITIALS AND ACRONYMS - INDEX American Association of Advertising Agencies Arts & Entertainment Network American Advertising ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

A AA: anesthesia assistant AAA: Ambulance Association of America AAA: American Academy of Actuaries AAA: American...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Evangelicalism (2004)

by Randall Herbert Balmer

Association for Church Renewal incompatible with the priorities of many * BIBLE INSTITUTES . The Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges now has nearly one hundred member institutions, including Baptist Bible College, * MOODY ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Strikes in American History (2015)

by Aaron Brenner, Benjamin Day, Immanuel Ness

National Association of Working Women Agricultural Adjustment Administration American Association of University Professors American Communications Association Atlantic Coast Seamen's Union Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Information Technology and Security (2007)

ANSI AH: Authentication Header AHA: American Hospital Association AHCA: American Health Care Association AHCPR: Agency for Health Care Policy and Research AHIC: American Health Information Community AHIC: Association for ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Bowling (2014)

by John Grasso, Eric R. Hartman

American Blind Bowling Association American Bowling Congress American Broadcasting Company Asian Bowling Federation American Junior Bowling Congress American Machine and Foundry American Wheelchair Bowling Association ...

Google previewThe Dictionary for Human Factors/Ergonomics (1992)

by James H. Stramler, Jr.

Aerospace Human Factors Association (AsHA) Aerospace Medical ...

Google previewMosby's Dental Dictionary (2007)

by Elsevier, Mosby

Table E-1 Dental professional organizations Abbreviation Organization Website AADS American Association for Dental Schools AAE American Association of Endodontists AAO American ...

Google previewDictionary of Policing (2013)

by Tim Newburn, Peter Neyroud

GAY POLICE ASSOCIATION The Gay Police Association was established to represent gay Police Service employees. The Gay Police Association exists to: G work towards equal opportunities for gay Police Service employees; G offer advice ...

Google previewHistorical Dictionary of Niger (2012)

by Abdourahmane Idrissa, Samuel Decalo

Caribbean and Pacific Association des Chefs Traditionnels du Niger Association pour la Diffusion de l'Islarn au Niger Alliance des Forces du Changement Agence Française de Développement Alliance des Forces Démocratiques Alliance ...

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Quotes about Association

If you look at the history of broadcasting, what you find is the National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association whose mission is to protect the interests of the commercial broadcasters. (Robert McChesney)
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Scrabble value of A1S1S1O1C3I1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 11-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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