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Usage statistics for the noun relation:

imaginative writing11.37%informational writing88.63%

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


Definition of the noun relation

What does relation mean as a name of something?

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

noun - plural: relations

  1. an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
  2. sexual activity between individuals, especially the insertion of a man's penis into a woman's vagina until orgasm and ejaculation occur
  3. a person related by blood or marriage
  4. an act of narration
    • example: he was the hero according to his own relation
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of relation: recounting / telling
    • more generic words: narration / recital / yarn = the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
  5. (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time
  6. (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups
    • example: international relations
    • usage: plural / plural form
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic words: dealings / traffic = social or verbal interchange


"Relation" a.k.a. "Bandhan" is a 1969Hindi film directed by Narendra Bedi and starring Rajesh Khanna and Mumtaz in the lead roles. This is the second straight movie with Rajesh and Mumtaz together in the lead roles. This film had a gross of 2,80,00,000 at the box office in 1969. Khanna's songs were performed by playback singer Mahendra Kapoor.


"Relation" is a book by Diane Ward.


  1. "Relation" is a musical album of Globe.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  2. "relation" is a musical album of Ayahi Takagaki.
    • released on


  1. Relation: In relational database theory, a relation, as originally defined by E. F. Codd, is a set of tuples, where each element dⱼ is a member of Dⱼ, a data domain. Codd's original definition notwithstanding, and contrary to the usual definition in mathematics, there is no ordering to the elements of the tuples of a relation. Instead, each element is termed an attribute value. An attribute is a name paired with a domain. An attribute value is an attribute name paired with an element of that attribute's domain, and a tuple is a set of attribute values in which no two distinct elements have the same name. Thus, in some accounts, a tuple is described as a function, mapping names to values.
    • also known as 关系
  2. Relation a.k.a. Finitary relation: In mathematics, a finitary relation has a finite number of "places". In set theory and logic, a relation is a property that assigns truth values to -tuples of individuals. Typically, the property describes a possible connection between the components of a -tuple. For a given set of -tuples, a truth value is assigned to each -tuple according to whether the property does or does not hold.
  3. Relation: The concept of relation as a term used in general philosophy has a long and complicated history. One of the interests for the Greek philosophers lay in the number of ways in which a particular thing might be described, and the establishment of a relation between one thing and another was one of these. A second interest lay in the difference between these relations and the things themselves. This was to culminate in the view that the things in themselves could not be known except through their relations. Debates similar to these continue into modern philosophy and include further investigations into types of relation and whether relations exist only in the mind or the real world or both.

Phrases with Relation

  1. relation back
  2. In Relation to
  3. Co-Relation
  4. blood relation
  5. legal relation
  6. Binary relation
  7. sexual relation
  8. social relation
  9. logical relation
  10. medical relation
  11. partner relation
  12. spatial relation
  13. academic relation
  14. business relation
  15. personal relation
  16. semantic relation
  17. temporal relation
  18. Thematic relation
  19. anaphoric relation
  20. fiduciary relation

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Relation

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Google previewPractice the ASVAB! (2012)

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Practice Questions by Complete Test Preparation Team

D The relation is an upright figure to a figure rotated to the right. 14. D The relation is a solid figures to one that is 2dimentional and has one fewer sides. 15. B The relation is...

Google previewAssumptions of Grand Logics (2012)

by J.K. Feibleman

The serial relation is the essential one in every organization. Other relations may and usually do exist in organizations but they ...

Google previewAugustus De Morgan and the Logic of Relations (2012)

by Daniel D. Merrill

The complement of a relation is the converse of the complement of its converse. 2. The converse of a relation is the complement of the converse of its complement. 3. The complement of ...

Google previewIntroduction to the Philosophy of Being, Second Edition (2005)

by George P. Klubertanz

Definitions Relation is the way in which one “thing” stands to another or others. For the expression “stands to” we may substitute “is in a certain respect to,” “is with regard to.” Transcendental relation is a principle of being whose whole reality ...

Google previewPractical Logic (1881)

Or, The Art of Thinking by Daniel Seely Gregory

The relation is that of peculiar property to substance or subject " A state is a community governed by its own laws." The relation is that of identity of the essential properties, or essence of a thing, — by which the definition is constituted, — with ...

Google previewThe Relational Database Dictionary (2006)

by C. J. Date

More precisely, the relational model consists of the following components: (a) an open-ended collection of scalar types, including in particular type BOOLEAN; (b) a relation type generator and an intended interpretation for relations of types ...

Google previewThe Agamben Dictionary (2011)

by Alex Murray, Jessica Whyte

“only because the relation of the ban has constituted the essential structure of sovereign power from the beginning”. ACTUALITY Kevin Attell One of the fundamental goals of Agamben's work is to ...

Google previewThe Describer's Dictionary: A Treasury of Terms & Literary Quotations (Expanded Second Edition) (2014)

by David Grambs, Ellen S. Levine

POSITION,RELATION,. AND. PROPORTION. GENERAL TERMS large, big huge, vast, great, massive, extensive, bulky, sizable, considerable, ample, substantial, hefty, jumbo, bounteous, oversize, oversized verylarge giant, gigantic, ...

Google previewHarvard Dictionary of Music (1969)

by Willi Apel

Cross relation [F.fausse relation; G. Querstand}.

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The task is to investigate speech sounds in relation to the meanings with which they are invested, i.e., sounds viewed as signifiers, and above all to throw light on the structure of the relation between sounds and meaning. (Roman Jakobson)
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Scrabble value of R1E1L1A1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 8-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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