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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Con·fer·ence n.
 1. The act of comparing two or more things together; comparison. [Obs.]
    Helps and furtherances which . . . the mutual conference of all men's collections and observations may afford.   --Hocker.
 2. The act of consulting together formally; serious conversation or discussion; interchange of views.
 Nor with such free and friendly conference
 As he hath used of old.   --Shak.
 3. A meeting for consultation, discussion, or an interchange of opinions.
 4. A meeting of the two branches of a legislature, by their committees, to adjust between them.
 5. Methodist Church A stated meeting of preachers and others, invested with authority to take cognizance of ecclesiastical matters.
 6. A voluntary association of Congregational churches of a district; the district in which such churches are.
 Conference meeting, a meeting for conference. Specifically, a meeting conducted (usually) by laymen, for conference and prayer. [U. S.]
 Conference room, a room for conference and prayer, and for the pastor's less formal addresses. [U. S.]