1. The act of establishing; a ratifying or ordaining; settlement; confirmation.
2. The state of being established, founded, and the like; fixed state.
3. That which is established; as: (a) A form of government, civil or ecclesiastical; especially, a system of religion maintained by the civil power; as, the Episcopal establishment of England. (b) A permanent civil, military, or commercial, force or organization. (c) The place in which one is permanently fixed for residence or business; residence, including grounds, furniture, equipage, etc.; with which one is fitted out; also, any office or place of business, with its fixtures; that which serves for the carrying on of a business; as, to keep up a large establishment; a manufacturing establishment.
Exposing the shabby parts of the establishment. --W. Irving.
Establishment of the port Hydrography, a datum on which the tides are computed at the given port, obtained by observation, viz., the interval between the moon's passage over the meridian and the time of high water at the port, on the days of new and full moon.
n 1: the act of forming something; "the constitution of a PTA
group last year"; "it was the establishment of his
reputation"; "he still remembers the organization of the
club" [syn: constitution, formation, organization,
2: an organization founded and united for a specific purpose
3: the persons (or committees or departments etc.) who make up
a body for the purpose of administering something; "he
claims that the present administration is corrupt"; "the
governance of an association is responsible to its
members"; "he quickly became recognized as a member of the
establishment" [syn: administration, governance, governing
body, brass, organization, organisation]
4: a public or private structure (business or governmental or
educational) including buildings and equipment for
business or residence
5: any large organization
6: (ecology) the process by which a plant or animal becomes
established in a new habitat [syn: ecesis]
7: the cognitive process of establishing a valid proof [syn: validation]