Congress


congress
con·gress n [Latin congressus meeting, encounter, from congredi to approach, meet]
1: a formal meeting of delegates
2 a: the supreme legislative body of a nation and esp. a republic
b cap: the legislative branch of the United States government; specif: the U.S. House of Representatives
3 cap
a: the U.S. legislature as it is composed for an enumerated two-year period
the 101st Congress
b: a single session of the U.S. legislature see also house of representatives, senate; article i of the constitution in the back matter
con·gres·sion·al adj
con·gres·sion·al·ly adv

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

congress
I noun advisory body, assemblage, assembly, consultive body, council, governmental body, legislative body, legislature, political body II index assemblage, chamber (body), coalition, company (assemblage), government (political administration), legislature, parley, rendezvous, session

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


congress
n.
(1) A country’s national legislative body; in the United States, the body composed of the Senate and the House of Representatives, usually capitalized to “Congress.”
(2) A formal meeting, usually by political or professional groups.
(3) A union or coming together, as in the phrase “sexual congress.”

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Congress
the federal legislature of the USA comprising two chambers: the Senate, made up of Senators, and the House of Representatives, made up of representatives, or Congressmen and Congress-women. The Congress represents the states. The Senators are elected on a state-wide basis and the representatives on a district-wide basis. Legislative powers cover inter alia interstate and foreign commerce, federal tax, currency, the post, declarations of war, much commercial law and the establishment of the armed forces. So-called general clauses have allowed Congress, with the decisions of the Supreme Court, to be active in other areas. Statutes are passed by simple majority of both houses.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


congress
1 n. A formal assembly, conference, or meeting of delegates or representatives.
2 v. To meet at a congress.
3 n. The legislature of various countries.
Congress. The national legislature of the United States consisting of two branches, the House of Representatives and the Senate, and created by the United States Constitution.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • Congress — Con gress, n.; pl. {Congresses}. [L. congressus, fr. congredi, p. p. gressus, to go or come together; con + grati to go or step, gradus step: cf. F. congr?s. See {Grade}.] 1. A meeting of individuals, whether friendly or hostile; an encounter.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • congress — con‧gress [ˈkɒŋgres ǁ ˈkɑːŋgrs] noun 1. [countable, uncountable] a formal meeting of representatives of different groups, countries etc, to discuss ideas, give information, and make decisions: • the annual congress of the miners union 2.… …   Financial and business terms

  • Congress — Congress, AZ U.S. Census Designated Place in Arizona Population (2000): 1717 Housing Units (2000): 1070 Land area (2000): 37.637348 sq. miles (97.480279 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.031384 sq. miles (0.081284 sq. km) Total area (2000): 37.668732… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Congress (A) — was a political party founded by A. K. Antony when he split from the Indian National Congress (Urs) a splinter group of the Indian National Congress. The party was primarily active in Kerala. The party merged with the Congress(I) in 1982.… …   Wikipedia

  • Congress — est une census designated place (CDP) située dans le comté de Yavapai dans l État de l Arizona aux États Unis. La population y était de 1 717 habitants lors du recensement de 2000. Congress est une ville fantôme, ancien camp minier d or, qui …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Congress, AZ — U.S. Census Designated Place in Arizona Population (2000): 1717 Housing Units (2000): 1070 Land area (2000): 37.637348 sq. miles (97.480279 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.031384 sq. miles (0.081284 sq. km) Total area (2000): 37.668732 sq. miles (97 …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Congress, OH — U.S. village in Ohio Population (2000): 192 Housing Units (2000): 68 Land area (2000): 0.166342 sq. miles (0.430825 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.166342 sq. miles (0.430825 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • congress — c.1400, body of attendants; also meeting of armed forces (mid 15c.); main modern sense of coming together of people, a meeting is from 1520s; from L. congressus a friendly meeting; a hostile encounter, pp. of congredi meet with, fight with, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • congress — ► NOUN 1) a formal meeting or series of meetings between delegates. 2) (Congress) a national legislative body, especially that of the US. 3) the action of coming together. DERIVATIVES congressional adjective. ORIGIN Latin congressus, from… …   English terms dictionary

  • Congress — Congress, vom lateinischen Worte congredi, zusammentreten, nennt man eine Versammlung von Fürsten oder deren Gesandten zur Besprechung eines gemeinschaftlichen Interesse. Erst seit den letzten 20 Jahren ist diese Benennung allgemeiner geworden.… …   Damen Conversations Lexikon


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