1. [ noun ] (work) an organization of employees formed to bargain with the employer
Synonyms: labor_union brotherhood trades_union trade_union

"you have to join the union in order to get a job"

Related terms: organization industrial_union craft_union company_union international_workers_of_the_world labor_movement
2. [ adjective ] being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the Civil War
Synonyms: Federal

"Union soldiers" "Federal forces" "a Federal infantryman"

Related terms: northern
3. [ noun ] (government,geography) the United States (especially the northern states during the American Civil War)
Synonyms: North

"he has visited every state in the Union" "Lee hoped to detach Maryland from the Union" "the North's superior resources turned the scale"

Related terms: US free_state US northern
4. [ noun ] (biology,sexuality) the act of pairing a male and female for reproductive purposes
Synonyms: mating sexual_union conjugation pairing coupling

"the casual couplings of adolescents" "the mating of some species occurs only in the spring"

Related terms: sexual_activity inbreeding hybridization assortative_mating servicing disassortative_mating copulate conjugate
5. [ noun ] (law,sociology) the state of being a married couple voluntarily joined for life (or until divorce)
Synonyms: marriage matrimony spousal_relationship wedlock

"a long and happy marriage" "God bless this union"

Related terms: marital_status exogamy misalliance endogamy common-law_marriage polygamy sigeh monandry monogamy polyandry monogamousness open_marriage polygamy marriage_of_convenience bigamy law
6. [ noun ] a set containing all and only the members of two or more given sets
Synonyms: join sum

"let C be the union of the sets A and B"

Related terms: set direct_sum
7. [ noun ] the occurrence of a uniting of separate parts

"lightning produced an unusual union of the metals"

Related terms: happening fusion combination combine amphimixis
8. [ adjective ] of trade unions

"the union movement" "union negotiations" "a union-shop clause in the contract"

Related terms: nonunion closed organised organized
9. [ noun ] the state of being joined or united or linked
Synonyms: unification

"there is strength in union"

Related terms: separation state association connection junction coinherence syncretism marriage coalition
10. [ noun ] (politics,geography) a political unit formed from previously independent people or organizations

"the Soviet Union"

Related terms: political_unit league confederation enosis customs_union
11. [ noun ] (heraldry) a device on a national flag emblematic of the union of two or more sovereignties (typically in the upper inner corner)
Related terms: device
12. [ noun ] (biology,medicine) healing process involving the growing together of the edges of a wound or the growing together of broken bones
Synonyms: conglutination
Related terms: healing coapt
13. [ noun ] making or becoming a single unit
Synonyms: uniting conjugation jointure unification

"the union of opposing factions" "he looked forward to the unification of his family for the holidays"

Related terms: disunion combination combination coalescence reunion umbrella tribalisation unify connect
Similar spelling:   unmown