Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring into a state of unity; merge.
  • transitive v. To join (two or more substances) to make a single substance, such as a chemical compound; mix.
  • transitive v. To possess or exhibit in combination: The choreography, which combines artistry and athletics, is extremely innovative.
  • transitive v. To harvest (a grain crop) using a cutting, threshing, and cleaning machine.
  • intransitive v. To become united; coalesce.
  • intransitive v. To join forces for a common purpose. See Synonyms at join.
  • intransitive v. Chemistry To form a compound.
  • intransitive v. To harvest a grain crop using a cutting, threshing, and cleaning machine: "Norwegian bachelor farmers combining in their antique McCormacks” ( Garrison Keillor).
  • n. A power-operated harvesting machine that cuts, threshes, and cleans grain.
  • n. An association of people or groups united for the furtherance of political or commercial interests.
  • n. A combination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To bring (two or more things or activities) together; to unite.
  • v. to have two or more things or properties that function together
  • v. To come together; to unite.
  • v. In the game of casino, to play a card which will take two or more cards whose aggregate number of pips equals those of the card played.
  • n. A combine harvester
  • n. A concern, consortium or syndicate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To unite or join; to link closely together; to bring into harmonious union; to cause or unite so as to form a homogeneous substance, as by chemical union.
  • transitive v. To bind; to hold by a moral tie.
  • intransitive v. To form a union; to agree; to coalesce; to confederate.
  • intransitive v. To unite by affinity or natural attraction.
  • intransitive v. In the game of casino, to play a card which will take two or more cards whose aggregate number of pips equals those of the card played.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To associate, unite, or join into a whole; connect closely together.
  • Synonyms To mix, compound, blend.
  • To unite; coalesce: as, honor and policy combine to justify the measure.
  • Specifically To unite in friendship or alliance for the attainment of some common end; league together; join forces; associate; coöperate: followed by with.
  • To unite by affinity or chemical attraction: as, two substances which will not combine of themselves may be made to combine by the intervention of a third.
  • n. A combination or agreement; especially, a secret combination for the purpose of committing fraud; a conspiracy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. put or add together
  • v. have or possess in combination
  • v. join for a common purpose or in a common action
  • v. add together from different sources
  • v. mix together different elements
  • n. a consortium of independent organizations formed to limit competition by controlling the production and distribution of a product or service
  • v. gather in a mass, sum, or whole
  • n. an occurrence that results in things being united
  • v. combine so as to form a whole; mix
  • n. harvester that heads and threshes and cleans grain while moving across the field

Etymologies

Middle English combinen, from Old French combiner, from Late Latin combīnāre : Latin com-, com- + bīnī, two by two.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle French combiner, from Late Latin combinare ("to unite, yoke together"), from Latin com- ("together") + bini ("two by two") (Wiktionary)

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  • COM bine--a harvesting machine

    July 18, 2007