Hypertext Webster Gateway: "establishment"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Establishment \Es*tab"lish*ment\, n. [Cf. OF. establissement, F.
1. The act of establishing; a ratifying or ordaining;
settlement; confirmation.

2. The state of being established, founded, and the like;
fixed state.

3. That which is established; as:
(a) A form of government, civil or ecclesiastical;
especially, a system of religion maintained by the
civil power; as, the Episcopal establishment of
(b) A permanent civil, military, or commercial, force or
(c) The place in which one is permanently fixed for
residence or business; residence, including grounds,
furniture, equipage, etc.; with which one is fitted
out; also, any office or place of business, with its
fixtures; that which serves for the carrying on of a
business; as, to keep up a large establishment; a
manufacturing establishment.

Exposing the shabby parts of the establishment.
--W. Irving.

{Establishment of the port} (Hydrography), a datum on which
the tides are computed at the given port, obtained by
observation, viz., the interval between the moon's passage
over the meridian and the time of high water at the port,
on the days of new and full moon.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA
group"; "he still remembers the establishment of the
hospital" [syn: {constitution}, {formation}, {organization},
2: an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
[syn: {institution}]
3: the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up
a governing body and who administer something; "he claims
that the present administration is corrupt"; "the
governance of an association is responsible to its
members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the
establishment" [syn: {administration}, {governance}, {brass},
{organization}, {organisation}]
4: a public or private structure (business or governmental or
educational) including buildings and equipment for
business or residence
5: any large organization
6: (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes
established in a new habitat [syn: {ecesis}]
7: the cognitive process of establishing a valid proof [syn: {validation}]

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