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

Relation \Re*la"tion\ (r?-l?"sh?n), n. [F. relation, L. relatio.
See {Relate}.]
1. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is
related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the
relation of historical events.

??????oet's relation doth well figure them. --Bacon.

2. The state of being related or of referring; what is
apprehended as appertaining to a being or quality, by
considering it in its bearing upon something else;
relative quality or condition; the being such and such
with regard or respect to some other thing; connection;
as, the relation of experience to knowledge; the relation
of master to servant.

Any sort of connection which is perceived or
imagined between two or more things, or any
comparison which is made by the mind, is a relation.
--I. Taylor.

3. Reference; respect; regard.

I have been importuned to make some observations on
this art in relation to its agreement with poetry.

4. Connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship;
relationship; as, the relation of parents and children.

Relations dear, and all the charities Of father,
son, and brother, first were known. --Milton.

5. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a
relative; a kinsman or kinswoman.

For me . . . my relation does not care a rush. --Ld.

6. (Law)
(a) The carrying back, and giving effect or operation to,
an act or proceeding frrom some previous date or time,
by a sort of fiction, as if it had happened or begun
at that time. In such case the act is said to take
effect by relation.
(b) The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is
begun. --Wharton. Burrill.

Syn: Recital; rehearsal; narration; account; narrative; tale;
detail; description; kindred; kinship; consanguinity;
affinity; kinsman; kinswoman.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two
entities or parts together
2: the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the
man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and
excited until orgasm and ejaculation occur [syn: {sexual
intercourse}, {intercourse}, {sex act}, {copulation}, {coitus},
{coition}, {sexual congress}, {congress}, {sexual
relation}, {carnal knowledge}]
3: a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching
for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations
back in New Jersey" [syn: {relative}]
4: an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own
relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident
eventually became unbearable" [syn: {telling}, {recounting}]
5: (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among
persons or groups: "international relations"

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