What does Congress mean?

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ˈkɒŋ grɪs; kənˈgrɛs, kəŋ-Congress

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Congress, United States Congress, U.S. Congress, US Congress(noun)

    the legislature of the United States government

  2. congress(noun)

    a meeting of elected or appointed representatives

  3. congress(noun)

    a national legislative assembly

  4. sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, relation, carnal knowledge(noun)

    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

Wiktionary

  1. congress(Noun)

    A coming-together of two or more people; a meeting.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  2. congress(Noun)

    A formal gathering or assembly; a conference held to discuss or decide on a specific question.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  3. congress(Noun)

    (often capitalized: Congress) A legislative body of a state, originally the bicameral legislature of the United States of America.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  4. congress(Noun)

    An association, especially one consisting of other associations or representatives of interest groups.

    The National Congress of American Indians

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  5. congress(Noun)

    Sexual intercourse.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  6. Congress(Noun)

    The two legislative bodies of the United States: the House of Representatives, and the Senate.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  7. Congress(Noun)

    A two-year session of these bodies, commencing after a Federal election and ending before the next one.

    Etymology: From congressum, the past participle of congredi 'to go or come together', itself from con- + gradi 'to go or step'.

  8. congress(Noun)

    Plural form of congressman.

  9. congress(Noun)

    Plural form of congresswoman.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Congress(noun)

    a meeting of individuals, whether friendly or hostile; an encounter

  2. Congress(noun)

    a sudden encounter; a collision; a shock; -- said of things

  3. Congress(noun)

    the coming together of a male and female in sexual commerce; the act of coition

  4. Congress(noun)

    a gathering or assembly; a conference

  5. Congress(noun)

    a formal assembly, as of princes, deputies, representatives, envoys, or commissioners; esp., a meeting of the representatives of several governments or societies to consider and determine matters of common interest

  6. Congress(noun)

    the collective body of senators and representatives of the people of a nation, esp. of a republic, constituting the chief legislative body of the nation

  7. Congress(noun)

    the lower house of the Spanish Cortes, the members of which are elected for three years

Freebase

  1. Congress

    A congress is a formal meeting of the representatives of different nations, constituent states, independent organizations, or groups. The term was chosen for the United States Congress to emphasize the status of each state represented there as a self-governing unit. Subsequent to the use of congress by the U.S. legislature, the term has been adopted by many states within unions, and by unitary nation-states in the Americas, to refer to their legislatures. Relationships in congress have historically proven to be controversial in any country, with a prime example transpiring in recent years between U.S. President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Congress

    kong′gres, n. a meeting together or assembly, as of ambassadors, &c., for political purposes: the federal legislature of the United States.—v.i. to meet in congress.—adj. Congres′sional.—n. Con′gressman, a member of congress. [L. con, together, and gradi, gressus, to step, to go.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Congress

    is a diplomatic conference at which the representatives of sovereign States discuss matters of importance to their several countries, the most celebrated of which are those of Münster and Osnabrück, which issued in the treaty of Westphalia in 1648, at the end of the Thirty Years' War; of Rastadt, at the end of Spanish Succession War, in 1797; of Vienna, at the end of Napoleon's wars, in 1815; of Paris, in 1856, at the end of Russian War; and of Berlin, in 1878, at the end of Russo-Turkish war; but the name has come to be applied in federal republics to the legislative assembly which directs national as distinct from State concerns. In the United States, Congress consists of the Senate, elected by the State legislatures and the House of Representatives, elected directly by the people. It meets on the first Monday in December, and receives the President's message for the year. It imposes taxes, contracts loans, provides for national defence, declares war, looks after the general welfare, establishes postal communication, coins money, fixes weights and measures, &c. &c., but it is prohibited from preferential treatment of the several States, establishing or interfering with religion, curtailing freedom of speech, or pursuing towards any citizen, even under legal forms, a course of conduct which is unjust or even oppressive.

  2. Congress

    the Belgian Constituent Assembly, 1830-1831.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Congress' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2061

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Congress' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1177

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Congress' in Nouns Frequency: #842

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How to say Congress in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Congress in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Congress in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Congress in a Sentence

  1. Charles Grassley:

    Congress has been crystal clear that written reasons must be given when IGs are removed for a lack of confidence, more details are needed from the administration.

  2. David Daleiden:

    If Planned Parenthood really wants to disprove the now-overwhelming body of evidence that their affiliates traffick in baby body parts, they should release their fetal tissue contracts with the for-profit company StemExpress for law enforcement, Congress, and all the world to see.

  3. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest:

    I would not envision a long extension of funding at current levels, but rather enough time for Congress to finally convene the talks, reach an agreement and implement it.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    Congress should act to make sure no one on a no-fly list is able to buy a gun. What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon? This is a matter of national security, what we can do, and must do, is make it harder for them to kill.

  5. Barbara Lee:

    Over the years, I’ve seen Republican leadership deploy every manner of undemocratic, underhanded tactics in Congress. But stripping my bipartisan amendment to repeal the 2001 AUMF -- in the dead of night, without a vote -- may be a new low from Speaker Paul Ryan.

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