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Webster 1913 Edition


Relation

Re-la′tion

(r?-l?′sh?n)
,
Noun.
[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
.
[GREEK][GREEK][GREEK][GREEK][GREEK][GREEK]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)
(a)
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.
(b)
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.

Webster 1828 Edition


Relation

RELA'TION

,
Noun.
[L. relatio, refero.]
1.
The act of telling; recital; account; narration; narrative of facts; as a historical relation. We listened to the relation of his adventures.
2.
Respect; reference; regard.
I have been importuned to make some observations on this art, in relation to its agreement with poetry.
3.
Connection between things; mutual respect, or what one thing is with regard to another; as the relation of a citizen to the state; the relation of a subject to the supreme authority; the relation of husband and wife, or of master and servant; the relation of a state of probation to a state of retribution.
4.
Kindred; alliance; as the relation of parents and children.
Relations dear, and all the charities of father, son and brother, first were known.
5.
A person connected by consanguinity or affinity; a kinsman or kinswoman. He passed a month with his relations in the country.
6.
Resemblance of phenomena; analogy.
7.
In geometry, ratio; proportion.

Definition 2021


Relation

Relation

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German

Noun

Relation f (genitive Relation, plural Relationen)

  1. (mathematics) relation

relation

relation

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English

Noun

relation (plural relations)

  1. The manner in which two things may be associated.
    The relation between diet and health is complex.
    • 1915, Emerson Hough, The Purchase Price, chapterII:
      Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
  2. A member of one's family.
    Yes, he's a relation of mine, but a only distant one.
  3. The act of relating a story.
    Your relation of the events is different from mine.
  4. (set theory) A set of ordered tuples.
    • 1974, Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., chapter 7, in The Myth of Mental Illness, ISBN 0-06-091151-4, page 107:
      [] Signs are, first of all, physical things: for example, chalk marks on a blackboard, pencil or ink marks on paper, sound waves produced in a human throat. According to Reichenbach, "What makes them signs is the intermediary position they occupy between an object and a sign user, i.e., a person." For a sign to be a sign, or to function as such, it is necessary that the person take account of the object it designates. Thus, anything in nature may or may not be a sign, depending on a person's attitude toward it. A physical thing is a sign when it appears as a substitute for, or representation of, the object for which it stands with respect to the sign user. The three-place relation between sign, object, and sign user is called the sign relation or relation of denotation.
  5. (set theory) Specifically, a set of ordered pairs.
    Equality is a symmetric relation, while divisibility is not.
  6. (databases) A set of ordered tuples retrievable by a relational database; a table.
    This relation uses the customer's social security number as a key.
  7. (mathematics) A statement of equality of two products of generators, used in the presentation of a group.
  8. (category theory) A subobject of a product of objects.
  9. (usually collocated: sexual relation) The act of intercourse.

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French

Etymology

From Latin relatio.

Pronunciation

Noun

relation f (plural relations)

  1. relation
  2. relationship

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Swedish

Etymology

From Latin relatio.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /rɛlaˈɧuːn/

Noun

relation c

  1. relation; how two things may be associated
  2. (mathematics) relation; set of ordered tuples
  3. (computing) relation; retrievable by a database

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Inflection of relation 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative relation relationen relationer relationerna
Genitive relations relationens relationers relationernas

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