Definitions for relation
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word relation.
an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two entities or parts together
sexual intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation, coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual relation, relation, carnal knowledgenoun
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
a person related by blood or marriage
"police are searching for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations back in New Jersey"
relation, telling, recountingnoun
an act of narration
"he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"
relation back, relationnoun
(law) the principle that an act done at a later time is deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time
"his attorney argued for the relation back of the amended complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed"
(usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons or groups
The manner in which two things may be associated.
The relation between diet and health is complex.
A member of one's family.
Yes, he's a relation of mine, but a only distant one.
The act of relating a story.
Your relation of the events is different from mine.
A set of ordered tuples.
Specifically, a set of ordered pairs.
Equality is a symmetric relation, while divisibility is not.
A set of ordered tuples retrievable by a relational database; a table.
This relation uses the customer's social security number as a key.
A statement of equality of two products of generators, used in the presentation of a group.
The act of intercourse
Etymology: From relacioun, from relacion (cognate to French relation), from relationem, accusative of relatio, noun of process form from perfect passive participle relatus, from verb referre, from prefix re- + ferre
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: relation, Fr. from relate.
Under this stone lies virtue, youth,
Unblemish’d probity and truth;
Just unto all relations known,
A worthy patriot, pious son. Edmund Waller.
So far as service imports duty and subjection, all created beings bear the necessary relation of servants to God. South.
Our necessary relations to a family, oblige all to use their reasoning powers upon a thousand occasions. Isaac Watts.
I have been importuned to make some observations on this art, in relation to its agreement with poetry. Dryden.
Relation consists in the consideration and comparing one idea with another. John Locke.
Augurs, that understand relations, have
By magpies, choughs and rooks brought forth
The secret’st man of blood. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
Relations dear, and all the charities
Of fathers, son and brother first were known. John Milton.
Be kindred and relation laid aside,
And honour’s cause by laws of honour try’d. Dryden.
Are we not to pity and supply the poor, though they have no relation to us? no relation? that cannot be: the gospel stiles them all our brethren; nay, they have a nearer relation to us, our fellow-members; and both these from their relation to our Saviour himself, who calls them his brethren. Thomas Sprat.
A she-cousin, of a good family and small fortune, passed months among all her relations. Jonathan Swift.
Dependants, friends, relations,
Savag’d by woe, forget the tender tie. James Thomson.
In an historical relation, we use terms that are most proper. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.
The author of a just fable, must please more than the writer of an historical relation. John Dennis, Letters.
In mathematics, a relation is a set of ordered pairs, defined on a specific set, that relates one element to another element. The term can also refer to the connection or association between two or more concepts, elements, or objects, in various fields such as sociology, linguistics, database, etc. Moreover, in the context of human interaction, a relation refers to the way in which two or more people, groups or things are connected or behave toward each other.
the act of relating or telling; also, that which is related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the relation of historical events
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
reference; respect; regard
connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship; relationship; as, the relation of parents and children
a person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a relative; a kinsman or kinswoman
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
A member of a family.
Our sister is a member of our family
Submitted by MaryC on April 20, 2020
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Relation is ranked #113155 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Relation surname appeared 155 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Relation.
98% or 152 total occurrences were White.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'relation' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3441
Rank popularity for the word 'relation' in Nouns Frequency: #294
The numerical value of relation in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of relation in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either. The ends of things and their beginnings are impregnably concealed from him in an impenetrable secret. He is equally incapable of seeing the nothingness out of which he was drawn and the infinite in which he is engulfed.
A good friend is my nearest relation.
The United States has very clear laws in relation to mutual legal assistance with Russia, in relation to extradition with Russia and various other things, you have agencies that operate on those laws, and I don't think that there are going to be people who work in the apparatus of the law enforcement agencies of The United States that are going to be going along with a dirty deal with Putin.
There is also the question of what I call astro-ethics, how do you treat alien life? How do you treat it differently, ranging from microbes to intelligence? So we had a philosopher at our symposium talking about the moral status of non-human organisms, talking in relation to animals on Earth and what their status is in relation to us.
Don't flatter yourself that friendship authorizes you to say disagreeable things to your intimates. The nearer you come into relation with a person, the more necessary do tact and courtesy become. Except in cases of necessity, which are rare, leave your friend to learn unpleasant things from his enemies they are ready enough to tell them.
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Translations for relation
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- vztah, příbuzný, relaceCzech
- slægtning, familiemedlemDanish
- Angehörige, Beziehung, Verwandtschaft, Verwandte, Familienmitglied, Familienangehöriger, Relation, Familienangehörige, Verwandter, AngehörigerGerman
- relaciones sexuales, relaciónSpanish
- omainen, suhde, sukulainen, kertomus, relaatioFinnish
- parentèle, parent, parentage, parentaille, parente, relationFrench
- reláció, rokon, viszonyHungarian
- parento, parentino, parentuloIdo
- parente, relazioneItalian
- 関係, 関連Japanese
- slektning, familiemedlem, relasjonNorwegian
- relasjon, slektning, familiemedlemNorwegian Nynorsk
- relação, parentePortuguese
- relație, relatare, narare, povestire, legăturăRomanian
- повествование, отношение, сообщение, изложение, родственница, рассказ, родственник, связь, зависимостьRussian
- odnos, relacija, sorodnikSlovene
- anhörig, familjemedlem, samband, relation, släktingSwedish
- సంబంధము, బంధువుTelugu
- quan hệVietnamese
- röletanef, hiröletan, jiröletan, röletanVolapük
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