|1.||[ adjective ] (government) national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units|
"the Federal Bureau of Investigation" "federal courts" "the federal highway program" "federal property"
|2.||[ adjective ] of or relating to the central government of a federation|
"a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"
|3.||[ adjective ] 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"
|4.||[ adjective ] (government) characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities|
"a federal system like that of the United States" "federal governments often evolved out of confederation"
|Related terms:||unitary government|
|5.||[ noun ] a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War|
|6.||[ noun ] (work,government) any federal law-enforcement officer|