Definitions for: Union


[n] 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"
[n] 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"
[n] a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)
[n] the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts; "lightning produced an unusual union of the metals"
[n] 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"
[n] an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer; "you have to join the union in order to get a job"
[n] a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations; "the Soviet Union"
[n] 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"
[n] healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones
[n] state of being husband and wife; "a long and happy marriage"; "God bless this union"
[n] the state of being joined or united or linked; "there is strength in union"
[adj] 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"
[adj] of trade unions; "the union movement"; "union negotiations"; "a union-shop clause in the contract"



Webster (1913) Definition:
An association of women formed in the United States in 1874,
for the advancement of temperance by organizing preventive,
educational, evangelistic, social, and legal work.


Un"ion (?; 277), n. [F., from L. unio oneness, union, a
single large pearl, a kind of onion, fr. unus one. See One,
and cf. Onion, Unit.]
1. The act of uniting or joining two or more things into one,
or the state of being united or joined; junction;
coalition; combination.

Note: Union differs from connection, as it implies that the
bodies are in contact, without an inter?ening body;
whereas things may be connected by the in???vention of
a third body, as by a cord or chain.

2. Agreement and conjunction of mind, spirit, will,
affections, or the like; harmony; concord.

3. That which is united, or made one; something formed by a
combination or coalition of parts or members; a
confederation; a consolidated body; a league; as, the
weavers have formed a union; trades unions have become
very numerous; the United States of America are often
called the Union. --A. Hamilton.

4. A textile fabric composed of two or more materials, as
cotton, silk, wool, etc., woven together.

5. A large, fine pearl. [Obs.]

If they [pearls] be white, great, round, smooth, and
weighty . . . our dainties and delicates here at
Rome . . . call them unions, as a man would say
``singular,'' and by themselves alone. --Holland.

In the cup an union shall he throw, Richer than that
which four successive kings In Denmark's crown have
worn. --Shak.

6. A device emblematic of union, used on a national flag or
ensign, sometimes, as in the military standard of Great
Britain, covering the whole field; sometimes, as in the
flag of the United States, and the English naval and
marine flag, occupying the upper inner corner, the rest of
the flag being called the fly. Also, a flag having such a
device; especially, the flag of Great Britain.

Note: The union of the United States ensign is a cluster of
white stars, denoting the union of the States, and,
properly, equal in number to that of the States,
displayed on a blue field; the fly being composed of
alternate stripes of red and white. The union of the
British ensign is the three crosses of St. George, St.
Andrew, and St. Patrick in combination, denoting the
union of England, Scotland and Ireland, displayed on a
blue field in the national banner used on shore, on a
red, white, or blue field in naval ensigns, and with a
white border or fly in the merchant service.



7. (Mach.) A joint or other connection uniting parts of
machinery, or the like, as the elastic pipe of a tender
connecting it with the feed pipe of a locomotive engine;
especially, a pipe fitting for connecting pipes, or pipes
and fittings, in such a way as to facilitate
disconnection.

8. (Brewing) A cask suspended on trunnions, in which
fermentation is carried on.

Hypostatic union (Theol.) See under Hypostatic.

Latin union. See under Latin.

Legislative Union (Eng. Hist.), the union of Great Britain
and Ireland, which took place Jan. 1, 1801.

Union, or Act of Union (Eng. Hist.), the act by which
Scotland was united to England, or by which the two
kingdoms were incorporated into one, in 1707.

Union by the first, or second, intention. (Surg.) See
To heal by the first, or second, intention, under
Intention.

Union down (Naut.), a signal of distress at sea made by
reversing the flag, or turning its union downward.

Union jack. (Naut.) See Jack, n., 10.

Union joint. (Mech.)
(a) A joint formed by means of a union.
(b) A piece of pipe made in the form of the letter T.

Syn: Unity; junction; connection; concord; alliance;
coalition; combination; confederacy.

Usage: Union, Unity. Union is the act of bringing two or
more things together so as to make but one, or the
state of being united into one. Unity is a state of
simple oneness, either of essence, as the unity of
God, or of action, feeling, etc., as unity of design,
of affection, etc. Thus, we may speak of effecting a
union of interests which shall result in a unity of
labor and interest in securing a given object.

One kingdom, joy, and union without end.
--Milton.

[Man] is to . . . beget Like of his like, his
image multiplied. In unity defective; which
requires Collateral love, and dearest amity.
--Milton.

Synonyms: brotherhood, closed(a), conglutination, conjugation, coupling, Federal, join, jointure, labor union, marriage, mating, matrimony, North, northern, organised, organized, pairing, sexual union, sum, trade union, trades union, unification, unification, unionised, unionized, uniting, wedlock

Antonyms: disunion, nonunion, separation

See Also: America, amphimixis, association, assortative mating, bigamy, coalescence, coalescency, coalition, coalition, colligation, combination, combine, combining, combining, common-law marriage, company union, compounding, concretion, confederacy, confederation, conglutination, conjugation, conjunction, connectedness, connection, craft union, cross, crossbreeding, crossing, customs union, device, direct sum, disassortative mating, endogamy, exogamy, federation, free state, fusion, fusion, happening, healing, hybridisation, hybridization, hybridizing, inbreeding, industrial union, inmarriage, interbreeding, intermarriage, junction, labor, labor movement, league, link, marital status, marriage of convenience, merger, misalliance, monandry, monogamousness, monogamy, monogyny, natural event, occurrence, open marriage, organisation, organization, political unit, polyandry, polygamy, polygyny, reunification, reunion, service, servicing, set, sex, sex activity, sexual activity, sexual practice, state, syncretism, trade union movement, tribalisation, tribalization, U.S., U.S.A., umbrella, unification, United States, United States of America, US, USA, vertical union

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