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N. a union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations: a defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand | divisions within the alliance. ...

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Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase & Fable (19 ed.)

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2013

... Grand Alliance See under grand . Holy Alliance See under holy...

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The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military

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Current Version:
2002

... n. a union or association formed for mutual benefit, especially between countries or organizations: a defensive alliance between Australia and New Zealand | divisions within the alliance...

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A Dictionary of Plant Sciences (4 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2019
Subject:
Science and technology, Life Sciences
Length:
12 words

... In phytosociology , a grouping of closely related plant associations...

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A Dictionary of Travel and Tourism

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2012
Subject:
Social sciences
Length:
59 words

... The ARTAC travel agents consortium in the UK changed its brand name to Worldchoice but because it started as the Alliance of Retail Travel Agency Consortia, the Alliance name is sometimes used. AITA (Alliance for Independent Travel Agents in the US) is known as the Alliance, perhaps to distinguish it from the Association of International Travel Agents...

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Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2009
Subject:
Law, International Law
Length:
208 words

... ‘Alliances are arrangements between two or more states whereby they agree to co-operate militarily in respect of their conduct in relation to one or more third states (although the term “alliance” may sometimes be used in a wider sense, covering co-operation for various, non-military purposes). The arrangements are usually embodied in a treaty of alliance. Although in theory an alliance may be for the purpose of attacking a third state, and such offensive alliances have been known, an alliance for such a purpose would now be unlawful. More common, and...

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Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Place Names (6 ed.)

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2020

...Alliance , Canada, USA 1. USA (Nebraska): founded in 1887 as Grand Lake. When a railroad station was opened the next year the name was changed to Alliance because, apparently, it was unique within the state, it was a single short word, and, starting with an a , it would be near the top of any alphabetical list of Nebraska’s towns. It is believed to have been named after Alliance, Ohio. 2. USA (Ohio):so called because of the junction of two railway lines here. It was midway between Freedom and Mount Union, both of which were incorporated into Alliance...

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The Oxford Companion to Politics of the World (2 ed.)

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics
Length:
579 words

... . An alliance is a cooperative security relationship between two or more states, usually taking the form of a written military commitment. In practice, however, the presence of a formal treaty says relatively little about the level of commitment or the extent of cooperation. Less formal arrangements—variously known as alignments, ententes, or coalitions—can perform similar functions and exert equally significant effects. Efforts to explain why alliances form fall into two basic families. Within the realist tradition, alliances are seen as a way for ...

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Stephen Walt

The Oxford Companion to International Relations

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Current Version:
2014
Subject:
Social sciences, Politics
Length:
625 words

... An alliance is a cooperative security relationship between two or more states, usually taking the form of a written military commitment. In practice, however, the presence of a formal treaty says relatively little about the level of commitment or the extent of cooperation. Less formal arrangements—variously known as alignments, ententes, or coalitions—can perform similar functions and exert equally significant effects. Efforts to explain why alliances form fall into two basic families. Within the: “realist” tradition, alliances are seen as a way for...

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (6 ed.)

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Current Version:
2020
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
Length:
244 words

...Alliance A New Zealand Social Democratic Party created in December 1991 by a number of groups including the Democrats , in order to provide a more effective opposition to the social reforms undertaken by Bolger 's National Party . In the 1993 elections it gained 18.3 per cent of the popular vote, but because of the first-past-the-post electoral system, it only gained two seats in parliament. This under-representation of its voters was a major cause for the introduction of a proportional representation system (MMP). The NZ Alliance gained thirteen seats...

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A Dictionary of Ecology (5 ed.)

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2015

... In phytosociology , a grouping of closely related associations. See also plant association...

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A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2014

... French ; sauce made from reduced (partially concentrated) white wine with tarragon vinegar and egg...

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Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon

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Current Version:
2017

... This is the traditional French translation of Hebrew běrit [ בְרִּית ‎] which designates the covenant between the people and its god; see BERĪT . Cf. DUTY and EUROPE . Concerning the terminological networks that make it possible to conceive the relation between humans and the god(s), the entries have been chosen in each language in relation to the values that determine the singularities of each case, in particular: Greek, KÊR , THEMIS , then OIKONOMIA , see DESTINY , IMAGE ; Latin, PIETAS , RELIGIO , see OBLIGATION ; Russian ...

Software Alliance

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A Dictionary of the Internet (4 ed.)

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Current Version:
2019

...Alliance A term often used to refer to the Business Software Alliance...

Quadruple Alliance

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A Dictionary of World History (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2015
Subject:
History
Length:
34 words

...Alliance An alliance formed in 1813 by Britain, Prussia, Austria, and Russia that committed them to the defeat of Napoleon. At the Battle of Leipzig ( 1813 ) Napoleon was decisively...

Triple Alliance

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World Encyclopedia

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Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Encyclopedias
Length:
74 words

...Alliance International coalitions involving three states. They included the anti-French alliance of Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden of 1668 , and the alliance of Britain, France and the Netherlands of 1717 , directed against Spanish ambitions in Italy. The most recent was the Triple Alliance of 1882 , when Italy joined the Dual Alliance of Austria-Hungary and Germany. In South America, Argentina, Brazil, and Uruguay formed a triple alliance in the war against Paraguay ( 1865–70...

Alliance Theatre

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The Oxford Companion to American Theatre (3 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2004
Subject:
Performing arts, Theatre
Length:
98 words

... Theatre (Atlanta). Begun as the Alliance Stage in 1968 , the company was part of the Atlanta Arts Alliance, which included ballet and opera as well as live theatre. Two years later it adopted its present name and began offering an eclectic mix of new and classic works. The largest regional theatre in the Southeast, the Alliance is housed in the Robert W. Woodruff Arts Center, consisting of the 800‐seat Alliance Stage and the 200‐seat Hertz Stage. Two of its successful productions to transfer to New York and become hits were The Last Night of...

strategic alliance

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A Dictionary of Business and Management (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2016
Subject:
Social sciences, Business and Management
Length:
81 words

...alliance ( alliance ; strategic partnership ) An agreement between two or more firms to engage in an activity on a shared basis. The outside activities of each partner are not affected by the alliance, which is designed to build on the expertise of each member and the way in which they complement each other. Strategic alliances are generally less formal and far-ranging than joint ventures and may often be designed to last for a limited time. See also consortium...

Northern Alliance

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A Dictionary of Contemporary World History (6 ed.)

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2020
Subject:
History, Contemporary History (post 1945)
Length:
180 words

...Northern Alliance ( Afghanistan ) A loose alliance of primarily Pashtun Islamic groups which took control of Kabul in 1992 . It disintegrated in 1993 , but the alliance was reformed in 1996 as its leaders retreated from the Taliban offensive. It controlled less than 10 per cent of Afghan territory between 1999 and 2001 . It received a further blow in early September when its leader, Ahmed Shah Masood , was killed. A few days later, the September 11 attacks changed the position of the Northern Alliance. As the principal opposition army against the...

Alliance & Co.

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The Oxford Companion to the Book

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Subject Reference
Current Version:
2010
Subject:
History, Social sciences
Length:
52 words

... & Co. Established in 1901 by the bookseller Kuppuswamy Iyer, Alliance published patriotic books in the 1930s and 1940s , Tamil short-story anthologies, and translations from Bengali. The firm suffered a setback with the founder’s death in 1949 , but revived in the 1980s under his grandson V. Srinivasan. A. R....

Belle Alliance

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The Oxford Companion to German Literature (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2005
Subject:
Literature
Length:
56 words

...Alliance ( Schlacht bei ), German name, originating with Blücher , for the Battle of Waterloo . The farm La Belle Alliance is on the road from Brussels via Waterloo to Charleroi, and was approximately at the centre of the French position. It was here that Wellington and Blücher met at 9.15 p.m. in the evening after the...

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