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Meaning of congress

con•gress

Pronunciation: (n.kong'grisv.k&schwan&sylpgres', k&schwang-), [key]
— n.
  1. (cap.) the 96th Congress.
    1. the national legislative body of the U.S., consisting of the Senate, or upper house, and the House of Representatives, or lower house, as a continuous institution.
    2. this body as it exists for a period of two years during which it has the same membership:the 96th Congress.
    3. a session of this body:to speak in Congress.
  2. the national legislative body of a nation, esp. of a republic.
  3. a formal meeting or assembly of representatives for the discussion, arrangement, or promotion of some matter of common interest.
  4. the act of coming together; an encounter; meeting.
  5. an association, esp. one composed of representatives of various organizations.
  6. familiar relations; dealings; intercourse.
  7. coitus; sexual intercourse.
—v.i.
  1. to assemble together; meet in congress.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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