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1. The act of combining (that is, by joining, uniting, or otherwise bringing into close association) separate entities.
2. The state of being so combined.
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"In the face of labor-saving machinery, of organized production, of the increased efficiency of combination, you would set the economic sun back a whole generation or so to the time when there were no great capitalists, no great machinery, no railroads--a time when a host of little capitalists warred with each other in economic anarchy, and when production was primitive, wasteful, unorganized, and costly.
"Then is it not irrational to destroy that cheap and efficient combination?"
That, gentlemen, is socialism, a greater combination than the trusts, a greater economic and social combination than any that has as yet appeared on the planet.
"When the combination of the trusts will control all legislation, when the combination of the trusts will itself be the government," Ernest interrupted.
While you diligently pursued that favorite phantom of yours, called profits, and moralized about that favorite fetich of yours, called competition, even greater and more direful things have been accomplished by combination. There is the militia."
"You do not understand the combination that has been effected.
Flier: 3 bladed propellor; 3 spaces diagonal in any direction or combination; and may jump intervening pieces.
Chief: Diadem with ten jewels; 3 spaces in any direction; straight or diagonal or combination.
A Dwar might move straight north three spaces, or north one space and east two spaces, or any similar combination of straight moves, so long as he did not cross the same square twice in a single move.
The efficient (non-dominated) set of attack method combinations derived as in Phillips (2009) may, under assumptions one to five above be represented as a combination of two combinations.
The team studied the way padlocks work to find a non-destructive way to crack their combinations. A typical combination padlock has 40 marked locations on its dial, but it turns out that there's enough play in the mechanism that if you enter a combination that's one number off, the lock will open.
The team used the Lexi-Comp online database to determine unsafe drug combinations. The software identifies three types of possible interactions: