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Any union resembling that of families or states; union by relationship in qualities; affinity

The alliance . . . between logic and metaphysics. --Mansel.

The persons or parties allied. --Udall
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
A treaty between nations for their mutual advantage
any combination or union for some common purpose
{n} an union by treaty or marriage
Formal arrangement with a separate company for purposes of development, and involving exchange of information, hardware, intellectual property, or enabling technology Alliances involve shared risk and reward (e g , co-development projects)
the result of formal agreements between two or more nations for broad, long-term objectives; see also multinational
– a strategic alliance (The Alliance) with Ashanti Goldfields for the joint acquisition and development of exploration properties in West Africa
A method in which the treble spends a different amount of time in different places
Stanford provided $3 of the $12 million needed to launch this distance learning venture with Oxford, Princeton and Yale universities Alliance will provide online courses in the arts and sciences to the 500,000 alumni of the four schools
Large businesses, small businesses, and individuals who form a group for insurance coverage
an agreement between people or nations that states they will help each other
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"
a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim
an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty
a partnership among two or more parties that pursue a set of agreed upon goals Alliance building often involves negotiation among the different partners in the definition of goals and ethical ground rules, joint action areas, and agreement on the form of cooperation reflected in the alliance World Health Organization Health Promotion Glossary, 1998 Adapted
An official working partnership with another organization
the act of forming an alliance or confederation
a formal agreement between two persons or nations
A military treaty between two or more states, providing for a mutually-planned offensive, or for assistance in the case of attack on any member
As originally described in the proposed American Health Security Act of 1993, one or more regional health alliances would be established in each state to provide health care for all residents in that geographic region Current usage refers to smaller alliances with voluntary participation
- short form or common name of the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance Party Its leader is Stockwell Day
A physiognomically uniform group of associations sharing one or more diagnostic (dominant, differential, indicator, or character) species that, as a rule, are found in the uppermost stratum of the vegetation (FGDC) This is the second finest level in the National Vegetation Classification Standard hierarchy See the table under USNVC
The Merchanter's Alliance, a coalition of ships who trade with each other and with stations If they had not united when they did, they would have been overcome by planet-based governments (see: Union, Company)
A relationship between two search engines, or between a search engine and another site, that increases the traffic to the search engine For instance, Yahoo! has a deal with AltaVista whereby it sends "overflow" searches (i e ones that do not return any useful results) to AltaVista's much larger database Both AltaVista and HotBot send traffic to LookSmart Changing alliances can have a huge effect on the size (and hence the importance) of different search engines
Technical Assistance Alliance for Parent Centers Funded through IDEA, the Alliance works with parent centers to participate more effectively in meeting the educational needs of children with disabilities by providing print materials, electronic communication, teleconferences, national and regional conferences and consultation
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shall mean the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance
a strategic agreement between two companies that is short of a full merger or acquisition; a joint venture
The most 'virtual' of business webs, participants are members of a creative community that designs useful things, create knowledge, or produces dynamic shared experiences Still in its infancy in a business context, it aims to achieve high value integration without hierarchical control
Interesting contractual agreements with suppliers, distributors, customers, competitors, research organizations, joint ventures, government-industry partnerships, consortia If no contract is involved, the term "collaboration" is used (Process)
An alliance is a group of countries or political parties that are formally united and working together because they have similar aims. The two parties were still too much apart to form an alliance. = coalition
a formal agreement establishing an association or alliance between nations or other groups to achieve a particular aim an organization of people (or countries) involved in a pact or treaty 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"
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
To connect by alliance; to ally
{i} pact, treaty; connection, relationship
the state of being allied or confederated
An alliance is a relationship in which two countries, political parties, or organizations work together for some purpose. What will be the effect of the alliance between IBM and Apple? = partnership. In international politics, a union for joint action of various powers or states. Examples include the alliance of the European powers and the U.S. against Germany and its allies during World War II and the alliance of the NATO states against the Soviet Union and its allies during the Cold War. Many alliances rest on the principle of collective security, through which an attack on one member is considered an attack on all members. Major alliances formed after World War II include the ANZUS Pact, the Arab League, ASEAN, the Organization of American States, the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization, and the Warsaw Pact. Alliance for Progress Alliance Israélite Universelle Anglo Japanese Alliance Austro German Alliance Dual Alliance Canadian Alliance Alliance Canadienne Franco Russian Alliance Grand Alliance War of the Holy Alliance Spartan Alliance Quadruple Alliance Triple Alliance War of the Triple Alliance
The persons or parties allied
alliance of civilizations
The Alliance of Civilizations is a United Nations Secretary-General initiative intended to galvanize collective action across diverse societies in order to combat extremism, overcome cultural and social barriers between mainly the Western and predominantly Muslim worlds, and to reduce the tensions and polarization between societies which differ in religious and cultural values
Alliance Israelite Universelle
Israeli organization
Alliance for Progress
International development program. Initiated by the U.S. and joined by 22 Latin American countries in 1961, it aimed to strengthen democratic government and promote social and economic reforms in Latin America. The program, which provided loans and aid from the U.S. and the international financial community, built some schools and hospitals, but by the early 1970s it was widely viewed as a failure. Significant land reform was not achieved, population growth outstripped gains in health and welfare, and the U.S. willingness to support military dictators to prevent communism from gaining a foothold sowed distrust and undermined the reforms the Alliance was intended to promote
Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions
{i} ATIS, USA standardization organization for information technologies in the telecommunications industry headquartered in Washington D.C
Holy Alliance
Coalition of Russia, Austria and Prussia created in 1815
unholy alliance
parody of same. (See examples under "Unholy Alliance may refer to: ")
unholy alliance
a coalition among seemingly antagonistic groups, especially if one is religious, for ad hoc or hidden gain. (See examples under "In literature: ")
Anglo-Japanese Alliance
(1902-23) Alliance between Britain and Japan to protect their respective interests in China and Korea. Directed against Russian expansionism, the alliance helped Japan in the Russo-Japanese War by discouraging France from entering the war on the Russian side. The alliance later prompted Japan to enter World War I on the side of the Allies. Britain allowed the alliance to lapse after the war, when it no longer feared Russian encroachment in China
Austro-German Alliance
or Dual Alliance (1879) Pact between Austria-Hungary and the German Reich in which the two powers promised each other support in case of attack by Russia, and neutrality in case of aggression by any other power. Germany's Otto von Bismarck saw the alliance as a way to prevent the isolation of Germany and to preserve peace, as Russia would not wage war against both empires. The addition of Italy in 1882 made it the Triple Alliance. The agreement remained an important element of both German and Austro-Hungarian foreign policy until 1918
Canadian Alliance
French Alliance Canadienne Former conservative Canadian political party. It was created in 2000 from the merger of the Reform Party of Canada with other conservative groups in an effort to mount a united challenge to the ruling Liberal Party of Canada. By 1997 the Reform Party, whose support had been concentrated in the western Canadian provinces, held 60 seats in the Canadian House of Commons and was the official opposition party. The new Canadian Alliance gained 66 seats in the 2000 election and became the official opposition, though it was unable to make significant inroads in eastern Canada. In 2003 the party merged with the Progressive Conservative Party to form the Conservative Party of Canada. The party's platform generally favoured a reduction in the size of government, lower taxes, and conservative positions on social issues
Franco-Russian Alliance
or Dual Alliance (1894) Political and military pact between France and Russia that was one of the basic European alignments of the pre-World War I era. In the event of war, France wanted support against Germany, and Russia against Austria-Hungary. The alliance was formalized through an exchange of letters in order to preserve secrecy, and it was to be in force as long as the opposing Triple Alliance. The alliance was renewed and strengthened in 1899 and 1912
Holy Alliance
Loose organization of most of the European sovereigns, formed in 1815 by Alexander I of Russia, Francis I of Austria, and Frederick William III of Prussia, after the final defeat of Napoleon. Its avowed purpose was to promote the influence of Christian principles in the affairs of nations, but it accomplished little and became a symbol of conservatism and repression in central and eastern Europe. See also Congress of Laibach
International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees
international association for people who work in stage and theatrical professions, IATSE
Quadruple Alliance
(1718) Alliance between Austria, Britain, the Dutch Republic, and France, formed to prevent Spain from altering the terms of the Peace of Utrecht (1713). When Philip V of Spain seized Sardinia and Sicily, the British fleet brought Austrian troops to Sicily and the French occupied northern Spain, and Philip was forced to renounce his claims in Italy. (1815) Alliance between Britain, Russia, Austria, and Prussia first formed in 1813 to oppose France in the final phase of the Napoleonic Wars. It was officially renewed in 1815 to enforce the peace settlement concluded at the Congress of Vienna. The allies agreed to meet occasionally to keep European political development within terms of the 1815 settlement. This program was partially carried out by the Congresses of Aix-la-Chapelle (1818), Troppau (1820), Laibach (1821), and Verona (1822)
Strategic Alliance
league created for mutual strategic benefit
Triple Alliance
1668 alliance of Netherlands England and Sweden against France; 1717 treaty by England France and the Netherlands; 1872 alliance of Austria-Hungary Russia and Germany
Triple Alliance
(1882) Secret agreement between Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy. It provided that Germany and Austria-Hungary would support Italy if it was attacked by France, that Italy would similarly assist Germany, and that Italy would remain neutral if Austria-Hungary was attacked by Russia. The alliance advanced Otto von Bismarck's efforts to isolate France. Conflicts between Italy and Austria-Hungary over their interests in the Balkans led Italy to reach an understanding of neutrality with France in 1902, which effectively nullified Italy's pledge to the members of the Triple Alliance, though the alliance was renewed in 1907 and 1912. See also Austro-German Alliance
War of the Grand Alliance
(1689-97) Third major war of Louis XIV of France, in which his expansionist plans were blocked by an alliance led by Britain, the United Provinces of the Netherlands, and the Austrian Habsburgs. The deeper issue underlying the war was the rivalry between the Bourbon and Habsburg dynasties. Louis launched a campaign in the 1680s to position the Bourbons for future succession to the Spanish throne. To oppose him, the Habsburg emperor Leopold I joined other European nations in the League of Augsburg. The league proved ineffective, but in 1690 Britain, Brandenburg, Saxony, Bavaria, and Spain, alarmed at Louis's successes, joined with Leopold to form the Grand Alliance. As war broke out in Europe and in overseas colonies, including America (see King William's War), Louis found his military inadequately prepared, and France suffered heavy naval losses. In 1695 Louis started secret peace negotiations, which culminated in the Treaty of Rijswijk (1697). The underlying conflict between the Habsburg and Bourbon rulers and English-French conflicts remained unresolved and resurfaced four years later in the War of the Spanish Succession
War of the Triple Alliance
or Paraguayan War (1864/65-70) Bloodiest conflict in Latin American history, fought between Paraguay and the allied countries of Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay. The Paraguayan dictator Francisco Solano López (1827-70), objecting to Brazil's interference in the politics of neighbouring Uruguay, declared war on Brazil in 1864. The next year Argentina organized the Triple Alliance with Brazil and Uruguay. After three years of fighting, the allies annihilated the Paraguayan forces, but Solano López carried on a guerrilla war until he was killed. Paraguay was devastated by the war; its population was reduced by half, and territory covering some 55,000 sq mi (140,000 sq km) was annexed by Brazil and Argentina
a union between nations, connections
plural of alliance
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The name given to the alliance between the major powers of Great Britain, France and Russia in World War 1 and Great Britain, Soviet Union and United States in World War II
an alliance
break an alliance
violate a pact, breach treaty, terminate an alliance
contract an alliance
form an alliance
entering into an alliance
making a treaty or pact, forming a partnership, teaming up, joining forces
form an alliance
create a union; unite
friendly alliance
amicable union
military alliance
alliance between two or more armies
northern alliance
a multiethnic alliance in Afghanistan who practice a moderate form of Islam and are united in their opposition to the Taliban
war of the grand alliance
an aggressive war waged by Louis XIV against Spain and the Empire and England and Holland and other states (1689-1697)