the act of or state of being .
a formal agreement or treaty between two or more nations to cooperate for specific purposes.
a merging of efforts or interests by persons, families, states, or organizations:
an alliance between church and state.
the persons or entities so allied.
marriage or the relationship created by marriage between the families of the spouses.
correspondence in basic characteristics; affinity:
the alliance between logic and metaphysics.
a city in NE Ohio.
Contemporary Examples

All this is good news for a strengthened U.S.-U.K. alliance—something that should not be threatened by excessive “Brit bashing.”
The Downside of Brit-Bashing Joel Kotkin June 15, 2010

In Chicago, the alliance underlined the importance of holding free and fair Parliamentary and Presidential Elections in Georgia.
Obama Tells Georgia to Forget About NATO After Encouraging It to Join Will Cathcart March 26, 2014

It conveys the constancy and consistency of the alliance, a special relationship.
Rick Perry’s Dangerous Israel Gaffe Bruce Riedel November 12, 2011

Our alliance with Europe remains the strongest the world has ever known.
Full Text of President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address January 28, 2014

The alliance with France against Austria had gained Piedmont the Italian peninsula.
David Frum’s Book Club: The Pursuit of Italy David Frum March 16, 2012

Historical Examples

The alliance is the consolation; the necessity is the justification.
The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II Elizabeth Barrett Browning

And my orders were much like yours–to get the alliance of this M’tela.
The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White

He even went further, and fancied how different had been their fate if they had not rejected his own alliance.
Roland Cashel Charles James Lever

I know such people will do anything for the honour of such an alliance.’
Little Dorrit Charles Dickens

He found an asylum in the house of his new father, whose temper was kind, and whose pride was flattered by this alliance.
Wieland; or The Transformation Charles Brockden Brown

the act of allying or state of being allied; union; confederation
a formal agreement or pact, esp a military one, between two or more countries to achieve a particular aim
the countries involved in such an agreement
a union between families through marriage
affinity or correspondence in qualities or characteristics
(botany) a taxonomic category consisting of a group of related families; subclass
noun (in Britain)

the Alliance, the Social Democratic Party and the Liberal Party acting or regarded as a political entity from 1981 to 1988
(as modifier): an Alliance candidate


c.1300, “bond of marriage” (between ruling houses or noble families), from Old French aliance (12c., Modern French alliance) “alliance, bond; marriage, union,” from aliier (Modern French allier) “combine, unite” (see ally (v.)). As a bond or treaty between rulers, late 14c.
A complete set of CAD tools for teaching Digital CMOS VLSI Design in Universities. It includes a VHDL compiler and simulator, logic synthesis tools, and automatic place and route tools. ALLIANCE is the result of a ten years effort at University Pierre et Marie Curie (PARIS VI, France).
It runs on Sun-4, not well supported: MIPS/Ultrix, 386/SystemV.
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a treaty between nations, or between individuals, for their mutual advantage. Abraham formed an alliance with some of the Canaanitish princes (Gen. 14:13), also with Abimelech (21:22-32). Joshua and the elders of Israel entered into an alliance with the Gibeonites (Josh. 9:3-27). When the Israelites entered Palestine they were forbidden to enter into alliances with the inhabitants of the country (Lev. 18:3, 4; 20:22, 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, 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 (Gen. 15:10). There are frequent allusions to this practice (Jer. 34:18). Such alliances were called “covenants of salt” (Num. 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 (Gen. 31:52). The Jews throughout their whole history attached great importance to fidelity to their engagements. Divine wrath fell upon the violators of them (Josh. 9:18; 2 Sam. 21:1, 2; Ezek. 17:16).

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