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

  Relation \Re*la"tion\ (r?-l?"sh?n), n. [F. relation, L. relatio.
     See Relate.]
     1. The act of relating or telling; also, that which is
        related; recital; account; narration; narrative; as, the
        relation of historical events.
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              ??????oet's relation doth well figure them. --Bacon.
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     2. The state of being related or of referring; what is
        apprehended as appertaining to a being or quality, by
        considering it in its bearing upon something else;
        relative quality or condition; the being such and such
        with regard or respect to some other thing; connection;
        as, the relation of experience to knowledge; the relation
        of master to servant.
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              Any sort of connection which is perceived or
              imagined between two or more things, or any
              comparison which is made by the mind, is a relation.
                                                    --I. Taylor.
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     3. Reference; respect; regard.
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              I have been importuned to make some observations on
              this art in relation to its agreement with poetry.
                                                    --Dryden.
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     4. Connection by consanguinity or affinity; kinship;
        relationship; as, the relation of parents and children.
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              Relations dear, and all the charities
              Of father, son, and brother, first were known.
                                                    --Milton.
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     5. A person connected by cosanguinity or affinity; a
        relative; a kinsman or kinswoman.
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              For me . . . my relation does not care a rush. --Ld.
                                                    Lytton.
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     6. (Law)
        (a) The carrying back, and giving effect or operation to,
            an act or proceeding frrom some previous date or time,
            by a sort of fiction, as if it had happened or begun
            at that time. In such case the act is said to take
            effect by relation.
        (b) The act of a relator at whose instance a suit is
            begun. --Wharton. Burrill.
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     Syn: Recital; rehearsal; narration; account; narrative; tale;
          detail; description; kindred; kinship; consanguinity;
          affinity; kinsman; kinswoman.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  relation
      n 1: an abstraction belonging to or characteristic of two
           entities or parts together
      2: the act of sexual procreation between a man and a woman; the
         man's penis is inserted into the woman's vagina and excited
         until orgasm and ejaculation occur [syn: sexual
         intercourse, intercourse, sex act, copulation,
         coitus, coition, sexual congress, congress, sexual
         relation, relation, carnal knowledge]
      3: a person related by blood or marriage; "police are searching
         for relatives of the deceased"; "he has distant relations
         back in New Jersey" [syn: relative, relation]
      4: an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own
         relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually
         became unbearable" [syn: relation, telling, recounting]
      5: (law) the principle that an act done at a later time is
         deemed by law to have occurred at an earlier time; "his
         attorney argued for the relation back of the amended
         complaint to the time the initial complaint was filed" [syn:
         relation back, relation]
      6: (usually plural) mutual dealings or connections among persons
         or groups; "international relations"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  193 Moby Thesaurus words for "relation":
     about, absorption, affective meaning, affiliation, agnation,
     allegory, alliance, analogy, ancestry, anent, apropos, association,
     associations, balancing, bearing, blood, blood relationship,
     blood relative, brotherhood, brothership, capacity,
     carnal knowledge, character, cognation, coitus, coloring,
     common ancestry, common descent, comparative anatomy,
     comparative degree, comparative grammar, comparative judgment,
     comparative linguistics, comparative literature,
     comparative method, compare, comparing, comparison, concerning,
     condition, confrontation, confrontment, connection, connotation,
     consanguinity, consequence, contrast, contrastiveness, correlation,
     correspondence, cousinhood, cousinship, criminal conversation,
     dealings, delineation, denotation, description, distinction,
     distinctiveness, doings, drift, effect, embarrassment, enation,
     engagement, enmeshment, entanglement, essence, extension,
     fatherhood, filiation, force, fraternity, gist,
     grammatical meaning, idea, impact, implication, import,
     in relation to, inclusion, intension, interconnection, intercourse,
     interdependence, involution, involvement, kin, kindred, kinship,
     kinsman, kinswoman, lexical meaning, liaison, likening, link,
     links, literal meaning, matching, maternity, matrilineage,
     matriliny, matrisib, matrocliny, meaning, metaphor, motherhood,
     narration, narrative, opposing, opposition, overtone, parallelism,
     part, paternity, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny,
     pertaining to, pertinence, pith, point, portrayal, position,
     practical consequence, propinquity, proportion, purport, quality,
     range of meaning, re, real meaning, recapitulation, recital,
     recitation, recountal, recounting, reference, referent,
     referring to, regarding, rehearsal, relations, relationship,
     relative, relevance, report, respecting, retelling, review, role,
     scope, semantic cluster, semantic field, sense, sex,
     sexual intercourse, sibship, significance, signification,
     significatum, signifie, simile, similitude, sisterhood, sistership,
     span of meaning, spirit, status, story, structural meaning,
     substance, sum, sum and substance, symbolic meaning, tale-telling,
     telling, tenor, tie, tie-in, ties of blood,
     totality of associations, transferred meaning, trope of comparison,
     truck, unadorned meaning, undertone, value, weighing,
     with regard to, with respect to, yarn spinning
  
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  relation
  
     1.  A subset of the product of two sets, R : A
     x B.  If (a, b) is an element of R then we write a R b,
     meaning a is related to b by R.  A relation may be:
     reflexive (a R a), symmetric (a R b => b R a),
     transitive (a R b & b R c => a R c), antisymmetric (a R b
     & b R a => a = b) or total (a R b or b R a).
  
     See equivalence relation, partial ordering, pre-order,
     total ordering.
  
     2.  A table in a relational database.
  
     (1995-02-28)
  

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

  RELATION, civil law. The report which the judges made of the proceedings in 
  certain suits to the prince were so called. 
       2. These relations took place when the judge had no law to direct him, 
  or when the laws were susceptible of difficulties; it was then referred to 
  the prince, who was the author of the law, to give the interpretation. Those 
  reports were made in writing and contained the pleadings of the parties, and 
  all the proceedings, together with the judge's opinion, and prayed the 
  emperor to order what should be done. The ordinance of the prince thus 
  required was called a rescript. (q.v.) the use of these relations was 
  abolished by Justinian, Nov. 125. 
  
  

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

  RELATION, contracts, construction. When an act is done at one time, and it 
  operates upon the thing as if done at another time, it is said to do so by 
  relation; as, if a man deliver a deed as an escrow, to be delivered by the 
  party holding it, to the grantor, on the performance of some act, the 
  delivery to the latter will have relation back to the first delivery. Termes 
  de la Ley. Again, if a partner be adjudged a bankrupt, the partnership is 
  dissolved, and such dissolution relates back to the time when the commission 
  issued. 3 Kent, Com. 33. Vide 18 Vin. Ab. 285; 4 Com. Dig. 245; 5 Id. 339; 
  Litt. S. C. 462-466; 2 John. 510; 4 John. 230; 15 John. 809; 2 Har. & John. 
  151, and the article Fiction. 
  
  

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