1. [ noun ] an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
Related terms: abstraction part change relationship control connection comparison position foundation interrelation ownership opposition affinity kinship social_relation magnitude_relation business_relation mathematical_relation temporal_relation reciprocality logical_relation unconnectedness function causality association linguistic_relation relate
2. [ noun ] (biology,sexuality) the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur
Synonyms: sex_act sexual_relation copulation coitus intercourse sexual_congress congress coition carnal_knowledge sexual_intercourse
Related terms: sexual_activity penetration hank_panky fuck unlawful_carnal_knowledge defloration insemination copulate
3. [ noun ] an act of narration
Synonyms: recounting telling

"he was the hero according to his own relation" "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"

Related terms: narration tell
4. [ noun ] a person related by blood or marriage
Synonyms: relative

"police are searching for relatives of the deceased" "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"

Related terms: person spouse cousin offspring kin ancestor descendant second_cousin blood_relation sibling kinsman agnate enate kissing_cousin kinswoman next_of_kin in-law kin
5. [ noun ] (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time
Synonyms: relation_back

"his attorney argued for the relation back of the ammended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed"

Related terms: legal_principle law
6. [ noun ] (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups

: "international relations"

Related terms: dealings plural
Similar spelling:   relations