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
It seems that both senses of the word combine in the above passage.
But like many other players, Brees learned the combine is all about measurable numbers.
But whoever imagines, upon this account, that masters rarely combine, is as ignorant of the world as of the subject.
One key area where my business and personal interests naturally combine is through
LB Scott McKillop is essentially Coffee's equal, though he excelled in combine workouts.
Many elements of the story -- including the legend of a rogue Boojum that ate her crew, mysterious metal canisters, and a tough captain -- combine beautifully to make a cohesive, well-structured story that was fun to read.
The scouting combine is over, the individual workouts are underway, and there's little doubt the tag line of an old cigarette commercial will be jingling through the minds of general managers and scouts as they look at tape and contemplate their next move: It's what's up front that counts.
"What he ran at the combine is what he ran for us for three years," Friedgen says.
Not very surprisingly, the climax, where most of the narrative lines combine, is confused and ineffective.
Today this is done with a combination reaper/thresher called combine for short, a machine that can cost well over a million dollars.