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Related to colligation: collocation


tr.v. col·li·gat·ed, col·li·gat·ing, col·li·gates
1. To tie or group together.
2. Logic To bring (isolated facts) together by an explanation or hypothesis that applies to them all.

[Latin colligāre, colligāt- : com-, com- + ligāre, to tie, bind; see leig- in Indo-European roots.]

col′li·ga′tion n.


 conjunction; alliance; union; the binding together or the linking of a number of isolated facts—Wilkes.
Examples: colligation of facts, 1837; of kingdoms, 1651; of [blood] vessels, 1646.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.colligation - the state of being joined together
anastomosis, inosculation - a natural or surgical joining of parts or branches of tubular structures so as to make or become continuous
synapse - the junction between two neurons (axon-to-dendrite) or between a neuron and a muscle; "nerve impulses cross a synapse through the action of neurotransmitters"
unification, union - the state of being joined or united or linked; "there is strength in union"
2.colligation - the connection of isolated facts by a general hypothesis
connexion, association, connection - the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination; "conditioning is a form of learning by association"
generalization, inductive reasoning, generalisation, induction - reasoning from detailed facts to general principles
References in classic literature ?
The art of healing also has achieved some of its most glorious triumphs in the compressions, extensions, trepannings, colligations, and other surgical or diaetetic operations by which Irregularity has been partly or wholly cured.
Halliday's syntax view for the fact that he inexplicably locates collocation both within syntax and colligation (a major mismatch between Halliday's thinking and that of Firth) and for his ignorance of grammatical collocates (40-43).
In colligation, G2X has likewise inked an engineering services deal with Toyo Engineering Corp.
The last contribution to the section, and in the book, is Paul Thompson's "Exploring Hoey's Notion of Textual Colligation in a Corpus of Student Writing.
The associated strategies of colligation and periodisation are processes of categorising and ordering to make sense of disparate events, again primarily descriptive processes.
The latter are usually referred to as colligation (see Siepmann 2005: 411-419; Sinclair 2000: 200; Hanks 2008: 222; Hoey and Brook 2008: 294; Hoey 2000: 234).
In this paper, the researchers design a system which can help new immigrants to form Chinese sentences by applying colligation and collocation technology.