Hypertext Webster Gateway: "social"

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

Social \So"cial\, a. [L. socialis, from socius a companion; akin
to sequi to follow: cf. F. social. See {Sue} to follow.]
1. Of or pertaining to society; relating to men living in
society, or to the public as an aggregate body; as, social
interest or concerns; social pleasure; social benefits;
social happiness; social duties. ``Social phenomena.''
--J. S. Mill.

2. Ready or disposed to mix in friendly converse;
companionable; sociable; as, a social person.

3. Consisting in union or mutual intercourse.

Best with thyself accompanied, seek'st not Social
communication. --Milton.

4. (Bot.) Naturally growing in groups or masses; -- said of
many individual plants of the same species.

5. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) Living in communities consisting of males, females,
and neuters, as do ants and most bees.
(b) Forming compound groups or colonies by budding from
basal processes or stolons; as, the social ascidians.

{Social science}, the science of all that relates to the
social condition, the relations and institutions which are
involved in man's existence and his well-being as a member
of an organized community; sociology. It concerns itself
with questions of the public health, education, labor,
punishment of crime, reformation of criminals, and the

{Social whale} (Zo["o]l.), the blackfish.

{The social evil}, prostitution.

Syn: Sociable; companionable; conversible; friendly;
familiar; communicative; convival; festive.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: relating to human society and its members; "social
institutions"; "societal evolution"; "societal
forces"; "social legislation" [syn: {societal}]
2: living together or enjoying life in communities or organized
groups; "human beings are social animals"; "spent a
relaxed social evening"; "immature social behavior" [ant:
3: relating to or belonging to or characteristic of high
society; "made fun of her being so social and high-toned";
"a social gossip colum"; "the society page"
4: composed of sociable people or formed for the purpose of
sociability; "a purely social club"; "the church has a
large social hall"; "a social director"
5: (of birds and animals) tending to move or live together in
groups or colonies of the same kind; "ants are social
insects"; "the herding instinct in sheep or cattle";
"swarming behavior in bees" [syn: {herding(a)}, {swarming(a)}]
6: marked by friendly companionship with others; "a social cup
of coffee"
n : a party of people assembled to promote sociability and
communal activity [syn: {sociable}, {mixer}]

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