con·fer·ence /ˈkɑnf(ə)rən(t)s, fɚ/
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.]
n 1: a prearranged meeting for consultation or exchange of
information or discussion (especially one with a formal
2: an association of sports teams that organizes matches for
its members [syn: league]
3: a discussion among participants who have an agreed (serious)
topic [syn: group discussion]