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 for Act of Union
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Union \Un"ion\ (?; 277), n. [F., from L. unio oneness, union, a
     single large pearl, a kind of onion, fr. unus one. See One,
     and cf. Onion, Unit.]
     1. The act of uniting or joining two or more things into one,
        or the state of being united or joined; junction;
        coalition; combination.
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     Note: Union differs from connection, as it implies that the
           bodies are in contact, without an inter?ening body;
           whereas things may be connected by the in???vention of
           a third body, as by a cord or chain.
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     2. Agreement and conjunction of mind, spirit, will,
        affections, or the like; harmony; concord.
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     3. That which is united, or made one; something formed by a
        combination or coalition of parts or members; a
        confederation; a consolidated body; a league; as, the
        weavers have formed a union; trades unions have become
        very numerous; the United States of America are often
        called the Union. --A. Hamilton.
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     4. A textile fabric composed of two or more materials, as
        cotton, silk, wool, etc., woven together.
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     5. A large, fine pearl. [Obs.]
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              If they [pearls] be white, great, round, smooth, and
              weighty . . . our dainties and delicates here at
              Rome . . . call them unions, as a man would say
              "singular," and by themselves alone.  --Holland.
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              In the cup an union shall he throw,
              Richer than that which four successive kings
              In Denmark's crown have worn.         --Shak.
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     6. A device emblematic of union, used on a national flag or
        ensign, sometimes, as in the military standard of Great
        Britain, covering the whole field; sometimes, as in the
        flag of the United States, and the English naval and
        marine flag, occupying the upper inner corner, the rest of
        the flag being called the fly. Also, a flag having such a
        device; especially, the flag of Great Britain.
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     Note: The union of the United States ensign is a cluster of
           white stars, denoting the union of the States, and,
           properly, equal in number to that of the States,
           displayed on a blue field; the fly being composed of
           alternate stripes of red and white. The union of the
           British ensign is the three crosses of St. George, St.
           Andrew, and St. Patrick in combination, denoting the
           union of England, Scotland and Ireland, displayed on a
           blue field in the national banner used on shore, on a
           red, white, or blue field in naval ensigns, and with a
           white border or fly in the merchant service.
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     7. (Mach.) A joint or other connection uniting parts of
        machinery, or the like, as the elastic pipe of a tender
        connecting it with the feed pipe of a locomotive engine;
        especially, a pipe fitting for connecting pipes, or pipes
        and fittings, in such a way as to facilitate
        disconnection.
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     8. (Brewing) A cask suspended on trunnions, in which
        fermentation is carried on.
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     Hypostatic union (Theol.) See under Hypostatic.
  
     Latin union. See under Latin.
  
     Legislative Union (Eng. Hist.), the union of Great Britain
        and Ireland, which took place Jan. 1, 1801.
  
     Union, or Act of Union (Eng. Hist.), the act by which
        Scotland was united to England, or by which the two
        kingdoms were incorporated into one, in 1707.
  
     Union by the first intention, or Union by the second
     intention. (Surg.) See To heal by the first intention, or
        To heal by the second intention, under Intention.
  
     Union down (Naut.), a signal of distress at sea made by
        reversing the flag, or turning its union downward.
  
     Union jack. (Naut.) See Jack, n., 10.
  
     Union joint. (Mech.)
        (a) A joint formed by means of a union.
        (b) A piece of pipe made in the form of the letter T.
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     Syn: Unity; junction; connection; concord; alliance;
          coalition; combination; confederacy.
  
     Usage: Union, Unity. Union is the act of bringing two or
            more things together so as to make but one, or the
            state of being united into one. Unity is a state of
            simple oneness, either of essence, as the unity of
            God, or of action, feeling, etc., as unity of design,
            of affection, etc. Thus, we may speak of effecting a
            union of interests which shall result in a unity of
            labor and interest in securing a given object.
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                  One kingdom, joy, and union without end.
                                                    --Milton.
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                  [Man] is to . . . beget
                  Like of his like, his image multiplied.
                  In unity defective; which requires
                  Collateral love, and dearest amity. --Milton.
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