What does federal mean?

Definitions for federal
ˈfɛd ər əlfed·er·al

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word federal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Federal, Federal soldier, Union soldier(noun)

    a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War

  2. Federal, Fed, federal official(adj)

    any federal law-enforcement officer

  3. federal(adj)

    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"

  4. federal(adj)

    of or relating to the central government of a federation

    "a federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government"

  5. Union, Federal(adj)

    being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War

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

  6. federal(adj)

    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 confederations"

Wiktionary

  1. federal(Noun)

    A law-enforcement official of the FBI; short for federal agent.

    Etymology: From foedus.

  2. federal(Adjective)

    Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations.

    Etymology: From foedus.

  3. federal(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the national government level, as opposed to state, provincial, county, city, or town.

    Etymology: From foedus.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Federal(adj)

    pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually governments or their representatives

    Etymology: [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. fdral. see Faith.]

  2. Federal(adj)

    composed of states or districts which retain only a subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the Union of the United States, or the Sonderbund of Switzerland

    Etymology: [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. fdral. see Faith.]

  3. Federal(adj)

    consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer

    Etymology: [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. fdral. see Faith.]

  4. Federal(adj)

    friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist

    Etymology: [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. fdral. see Faith.]

  5. Federal(noun)

    see Federalist

    Etymology: [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin to fides faith: cf. F. fdral. see Faith.]

Freebase

  1. Federal

    Federal is the debut album by American rapper E-40, released November 10, 1993 on Sick Wid It Records. It peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Jive records reissued Federal in 1995 with three tracks missing.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Federal

    fed′ėr-al, adj. pertaining to or consisting of a treaty or covenant: confederated, founded upon mutual agreement: of a union or government in which several states, while independent in home affairs, combine for national or general purposes, as in the United States (in the American Civil War, Federal was the name applied to the states of the North which defended the Union against the Confederate separatists of the South).—n. a supporter of federation: a Unionist soldier in the American Civil War.—n. Fed′eracy.—v.t. Fed′eralise.—ns. Fed′eralism, the principles or cause maintained by federalists; Fed′eralist, a supporter of a federal constitution or union; Fed′erary (Shak.), a confederate.—adj. Fed′erāte, united by league: confederated.—n. Federā′tion, the act of uniting in league: a federal union.—adj. Fed′erātive, united in league.—Federal (or Covenant) theology, that first worked out by Cocceius (1603-69), based on the idea of two covenants between God and man—of Works and of Grace (see Covenant). [Fr. fédéral—L. fœdus, fœderis, a treaty, akin to fidĕre, to trust.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. federal(adjective)

    Refering to the federal government. "The reasons are several, most of the federal" -- Public Enemy (Black steel in the hour of chaos).

  2. federal(adjective)

    Something of exceptional quality or of an extreme nature. Used throughout E-40 tapes, probably Bay Area in origin.

  3. federal(adjective)

    Going federal: rising up in the game.

  4. federal(adjective)

    To "make a federal case of" something means to make a big deal out of it, usually when it's not worth it.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'federal' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2632

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'federal' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4754

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'federal' in Adjectives Frequency: #354

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How to say federal in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of federal in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of federal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of federal in a Sentence

  1. Jesse Greenberg:

    One of the great benefits of Project Airbridge, I think, is that we're trying to leverage what the private sector does best and what the federal government can step in and do very well in a short time fashion.

  2. Donald Trump:

    It's a correction that I think is caused by the The Federal Reserve, with interest rates.

  3. Alberto Carvalho:

    The federal government can't order schools to do A, B or C, certainly, the President is seeking the maximum reopening we can get not just of schools, but of the economy.

  4. Emmet Flood:

    The( special counsel's) inverted-proof-standard and' exoneration' statements can be understood only as political statements, issuing from persons( federal prosecutors) who in our system of government are rightly expected never to be political in the performance of their duties.

  5. Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo:

    The government believes that federal prosecutors must act with autonomy.

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    the official who holds an office
    • A. incumbent
    • B. arbitrary
    • C. appellative
    • D. foreordained

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