Congress

Definition of Congress

Con´gress
n.1.A meeting of individuals, whether friendly or hostile; an encounter.
Here Pallas urges on, and Lausus there;
Their congress in the field great Jove withstands.
- Dryden.
2.A sudden encounter; a collision; a shock; - said of things.
From these laws may be deduced the rules of the congresses and reflections of two bodies.
- Cheyne.
3.The coming together of a male and female in sexual commerce; the act of coition.
4.A gathering or assembly; a conference.
5.A formal assembly, as of princes, deputies, representatives, envoys, or commissioners; esp., a meeting of the representatives of several governments or societies to consider and determine matters of common interest.
The European powers strove to . . . accommodate their differences at the congress of Vienna.
- Alison.
6.The collective body of senators and representatives of the people of a nation, esp. of a republic, constituting the chief legislative body of the nation.
7.The lower house of the Spanish Cortes, the members of which are elected for three years.
The Continental Congress
an assembly of deputies from the thirteen British colonies in America, appointed to deliberate in respect to their common interests. They first met in 1774, and from time thereafter until near the close of the Revolution.
The Federal Congress
the assembly of representatives of the original States of the American Union, who met under the Articles of Confederation from 1781 till 1789.
Congress boot
a high shoe or half-boot, coming above the ankle, and having the sides made in part of some elastic material which stretches to allow the boot to be drawn on and off.
Congress water
a saline mineral water from the Congress spring at Saratoga, in the State of New York.

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