1. The act of confederating; a league; a compact for mutual support; alliance, particularly of princes, nations, or states.
The three princes enter into some strict league and confederation among themselves. --Bacon.
This was no less than a political confederation of the colonies of New England. --Palfrey.
2. The parties that are confederated, considered as a unit; a confederacy.
Articles of confederation. See under Article.
n 1: the state of being allied or confederated [syn: alliance]
2: a union of political organizations [syn: confederacy, federation]
3: the act of forming an alliance or confederation [syn: alliance]