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

  Quorum \Quo"rum\ (kw[=o]"r[u^]m), n. [L., of whom, gen. pl. of
     qui who, akin to E. who. See the Note below.]
     Such a number of the officers or members of any body as is
     competent by law or constitution to transact business; as, a
     quorum of the House of Representatives; a constitutional
     quorum was not present.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     Note: The term arose from the Latin words, Quorum aliquem
           vestrum . . . unum esse volumus (of whom we wish some
           one of you to be one), which were used in the
           commission formerly issued to justices of the peace in
           England, by which commission it was directed that no
           business of certain kinds should be done without the
           presence of one or more of certain justices specially
           designated. Justice of the peace and of the quorum
           designates a class of justices of the peace in some of
           the United States.
           [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  quorum
      n 1: a gathering of the minimal number of members of an
           organization to conduct business

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  48 Moby Thesaurus words for "quorum":
     assemblee, assembly, assignation, at home, ball, brawl, caucus,
     colloquium, commission, committee, conclave, concourse,
     congregation, congress, conventicle, convention, convocation,
     council, dance, date, diet, eisteddfod, festivity, fete,
     forgathering, forum, gathering, get-together, housewarming, levee,
     meet, meeting, panel, party, plenum, prom, rally, reception,
     rendezvous, seance, session, shindig, sit-in, sitting, soiree,
     symposium, synod, turnout
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  QUORUM. Used substantively, quorum signifies the number of persons belonging 
  to a legislative assembly, a corporation, society, or other body, required 
  to transact business; there is a difference between an act done by a 
  definite number of persons, and one performed by an indefinite number: in 
  the first case a majority is required to constitute a quorum, unless the law 
  expressly directs that another number may make one; in the latter case any 
  number who may be present may act, the majority of those present having, as 
  in other cases, the right to act. 7 Cowen, 402; 9 B. & C. 648; Ang. on Corp. 
  28.1. 
       2. Sometimes the law requires a greater number than a bare majority to 
  form a quorum, in such case no quorum is present until such a number 
  convene. 
       3. When an authority is confided to several persons for a private 
  purpose, all must join in the act, unless otherwise authorized. 6 John. R. 
  38. Vide Authority, Majority; Plurality. 
  
  

From The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906) :

  QUORUM, n.  A sufficient number of members of a deliberative body to
  have their own way and their own way of having it.  In the United
  States Senate a quorum consists of the chairman of the Committee on
  Finance and a messenger from the White House; in the House of
  Representatives, of the Speaker and the devil.
  

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