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  1. an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. the state of being allied or confederated Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the act of forming an alliance or confederation Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a connection based on kinship or marriage or common interest; "the shifting alliances within a large family"; "their friendship constitutes a powerful bond between them" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. The state of being allied; the act of allying or uniting; a union or connection of interests between families, states, parties, etc., especially between families by marriage and states by compact, treaty, or league; as, matrimonial alliances; an alliance between church and state; an alliance between France and England. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. The persons or parties allied. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To connect by alliance; to ally. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Relation or connection by birth or marriage; union between nations or parties. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  11. State of being allied: union by marriage or treaty. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  12. Union by treaty, marriage, or agreement. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  13. A formal union, as between states; intimate relationship. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. The state of being allied; relation or union by marriage; union by treaty or league; the treaty or league itself; any union or connection of interests; the parties allied. See Ally. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  15. Union formed by marriage; a treaty or union between nations; a union for any purpose. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  16. Union; confederacy; association. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  17. a treaty between nations, or between individuals, for their mutual advantage. Abraham formed an alliance with some of the Canaanitish princes ( Genesis 14:13 ), also with Abimelech ( 21:22-32 ). Joshua and the elders of Israel entered into an alliance with the Gibeonites ( Joshua 9:3-27 ). When the Israelites entered Palestine they were forbidden to enter into alliances with the inhabitants of the country ( Leviticus 18:3 Leviticus 18:4 ; Leviticus 20:22 Leviticus 20:23 ). Solomon formed a league with Hiram ( 1 Kings 5:12 ). This "brotherly covenant" is referred to 250 years afterwards ( Amos 1:9 ). He also appears to have entered into an alliance with Pharaoh ( 1 Kings 10:28 1 Kings 10:29 ). In the subsequent history of the kingdoms of Judah and Israel various alliances were formed between them and also with neighbouring nations at different times. From patriarchal times a covenant of alliance was sealed by the blood of some sacrificial victim. The animal sacrificed was cut in two (except birds), and between these two parts the persons contracting the alliance passed ( Genesis 15:10 ). There are frequent allusions to this practice ( Jeremiah 34:18 ). Such alliances were called "covenants of salt" ( Numbers 18:19 ; 2 Chr 13:5 ), salt being the symbol of perpetuity. A pillar was set up as a memorial of the alliance between Laban and Jacob ( Genesis 31:52 ). The Jews throughout their whole history attached great importance to fidelity to their engagements. Divine wrath fell upon the violators of them ( Joshua 9:18 ; 2 Sam Joshua 21:1 Joshua 21:2 ; Ezek. 17:16 ). biblestudytools.com
  18. The relation or union between persons or families contracted by intermarriage. In international law. A union or association of two or more states or nations, formed by league or treaty, for the joint prosecution of a war, or for their mutual assistance and protection in repelling hostile attacks. The league or treaty by which the association is formed. The act of confederating, by league or treaty, for the purposes mentioned. If the alliance is formed for the purpose of mutual aid in the prosecution of a war against a common enemy, it is called an "offensive" alliance. If it contemplates only the rendition of aid and protection in resisting the assault of a hostile power, it is called a "defensive" alliance. If it combines both these features, it is denominated an alliance "offensive and defensive." thelawdictionary.org
  19. Relationship. The union or connexion of two persons or families by marraiage, which is also called affinity. This is derived from the Latin preposition ad and ligare, to bind. Vide Inst 1, 10, 6; Dig 38, 10, 4, 3; and Affinity. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  20. International law. A contract, treaty, or league between two sovereigns or states, made to insure their safety and common defence. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  21. Alliances made for warlike purposes are divided in general into defensive and offensive; in the former the nation only engages to defend her ally in case he be attacked; in the latter she unites with him for the purpose of making an attack, or jointly waging the war against another nation. Some alliances are both offensive and defensive; and there seldom is an offensive alliance which is not also defensive. Vattel, B. 3, c. 6, 79; 2 Dall. 15. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  22. A complete set of CAD tools for teaching DigitalCMOS VLSI Design in Universities. It includes a VHDLcompiler and simulator, logic synthesis tools, and automaticplace and route tools. ALLIANCE is the result of a ten yearseffort at University Pierre et Marie Curie (PARIS VI, France).It runs on Sun-4, not well supported: MIPS/Ultrix,386/SystemV.Latest version: 1.1, as of 1993-02-16. foldoc_fs
  23. al-l[=i]'ans, n. state of being allied: union by marriage or treaty. [See ALLY.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  24. Union by marriage; relationship; confederation (esp. between States); community in nature or qualities; (Bot.) group of allied natural Orders. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  25. United States vessel, took part in the cruise of John Paul Jones and the "Bonhomme Richard," and was one of the two ships remaining in the Continental service when the Revolutionary war ended. Dictionary of United States history
  26. n. [French] State of being allied; union between families by marriage, and stated by treaty; - the compact which is the instrument of allying. Cabinet Dictionary
  27. The state of connection with another by confederacy, a league; relation by marriage; relation by any form of kindred; the persons allied to each other. Complete Dictionary

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