Hypertext Webster Gateway: "federal"

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

Federal \Fed"er*al\, a. [L. foedus league, treaty, compact; akin
to fides faith: cf. F. f['e]d['e]ral. see {Faith}.]
1. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an
agreement or covenant between parties, especially between
nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually
governments or their representatives.

The Romans compelled them, contrary to all federal
right, . . . to part with Sardinia. --Grew.

2. Specifically:
(a) Composed of states or districts which retain only a
subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the Union of
the United States, or the Sonderbund of Switzerland.
(b) Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the
Federal Constitution; a Federal officer.
(c) Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the
Federal party. see {Federalist}.

{Federal Congress}. See under {Congress}.

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

Federal \Fed"er*al\, n.
See {Federalist}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: national; especially in reference to the government of the
United States as distinct from that of its member
units; "the Federal Bureau of Investigation"; "federal
courts"; "the federal highway program"; "federal
2: of or relating to the central government of a federation; "a
federal district is one set aside as the seat of the
national government"
3: being of or having to do with the northern United States and
those loyal to the Union during the Civil War; "Union
soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman" [syn:
{Union}, {Federal}]
4: (government) characterized by or constituting a form of
government in which power is divided between one central
and several regional authorities; "a federal system like
that of the United States"; "federal governments often
evolved out of confederatons" [ant: {unitary}]
n 1: a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
[syn: {Federal}, {Federal soldier}, {Union soldier}]
2: any federal law-enforcement officer [syn: {Federal}, {Fed},
{federal official}]

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