- enPR: rĭ-lā'shən, IPA: /rɪˈleɪʃən/, X-SAMPA: /rI"leIS@n/
- Rhymes: -eɪʃən
- The manner in which two things may be associated .
- A member of one's family .
- The act of relating a story .
- ( set theory ) A set of ordered tuples .
- ( set theory ) Specifically, a set of ordered pairs .
- ( databases ) A set of ordered tuples retrievable by a relational database; a table .
- ( mathematics ) A statement of equality of two products of generators, used in the presentation of a group .
- ( usually collocated: sexual relations ) The act of intercourse
- oriental, Oriental
From Anglo-Norman relacioun, from Old French relacion ( cognate to French relation ), from Latin relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus ( “related” ), from verb referre ( “to refer, to relate” ), from prefix re- ( “again” ) + ferre ( “to bear, to carry” )
Explanation of relation by Wordnet Dictionary
- international relations
- his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed
- Relation ( r?-l?sh?n ), n. [F. relation, L. relatio. See Relate.]
1. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, “the relation of historical events”.
oet's relation doth well figure them. Bacon.
2. The state of being related or of referring; what is apprehended as appertaining to a being or quality, by considering it in its bearing upon something else; relative quality or condition; the being such and such with regard or respect to some other thing; connection; as, “the relation of experience to knowledge; the relation of master to servant.”
Any sort of connection which is perceived or imagined between two or more things, or any comparison which is made by the mind, is a relation. I. Taylor.
3. Reference; respect; regard.
I have been importuned to make some observations on this art in relation to its agreement with poetry. Dryden.
4. Connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship; relationship; as, “the relation of parents and children”.
Relations dear, and all the charities
Of father, son, and brother, first were known. Milton.
5. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman.
For me . . . my relation does not care a rush. Ld. Lytton.
6. ( Law ) The carrying back, and giving effect or operation to, an act or proceeding frrom some previous date or time, by a sort of fiction, as if it had happened or begun at that time. In such case the act is said to take effect by relation. The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is begun. Wharton. Burrill.
Syn. -- Recital; rehearsal; narration; account; narrative; tale; detail; description; kindred; kinship; consanguinity; affinity; kinsman; kinswoman.
Definition of relation by GCIDE Dictionary