Definitions for: Conference

[n] a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious) topic
[n] an association of sports teams that organizes matches for its members
[n] a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of information or discussion (especially one with a formal agenda)

Webster (1913) Definition: Con"fer*ence, n. [F. conf['e]rence. See Confer.]
1. The act of comparing two or more things together;
comparison. [Obs.]

Helps and furtherances which . . . the mutual
conference of all men's collections and observations
may afford. --Hocker.

2. The act of consulting together formally; serious
conversation or discussion; interchange of views.

Nor with such free and friendly conference As he
hath used of old. --Shak.

3. A meeting for consultation, discussion, or an interchange
of opinions.

4. A meeting of the two branches of a legislature, by their
committees, to adjust between them.

5. (Methodist Church) A stated meeting of preachers and
others, invested with authority to take cognizance of
ecclesiastical matters.

6. A voluntary association of Congregational churches of a
district; the district in which such churches are.

Conference meeting, a meeting for conference. Specifically,
a meeting conducted (usually) by laymen, for conference
and prayer. [U. S.]

Conference room, a room for conference and prayer, and for
the pastor's less formal addresses. [U. S.]

Synonyms: group discussion, league

See Also: association, audience, baseball league, basketball league, big league, bowling league, bull session, class, colloquium, colloquy, conferee, consultation, discussion, division, football league, give-and-take, hockey league, huddle, interview, major league, majors, meeting, minor league, minors, news conference, powwow, press conference, pretrial, pretrial conference, round table, roundtable, round-table conference, seminar, session, symposium, teach-in, teleconference, teleconferencing, word

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