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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 fed·er·al /ˈfɛd(ə)rəl/

From: Network Terminology


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fed·er·al a.
 1. Pertaining to a league or treaty; derived from an agreement or covenant between parties, especially between nations; constituted by a compact between parties, usually governments or their representatives.
    The Romans compelled them, contrary to all federal right, . . . to part with Sardinia.   --Grew.
 2. Specifically: (a) Composed of states or districts which retain only a subordinate and limited sovereignty, as the Union of the United States, or the Sonderbund of Switzerland. (b) Consisting or pertaining to such a government; as, the Federal Constitution; a Federal officer. (c) Friendly or devoted to such a government; as, the Federal party. see Federalist.
 Federal Congress. See under Congress.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Fed·er·al, n. See Federalist.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adj 1: national; especially in reference to the government of the
             United States as distinct from that of its member
             units; "the Federal Bureau of Investigation"; "federal
             courts"; "the federal highway program"; "federal
      2: of or relating to the central government of a federation; "a
         federal district is one set aside as the seat of the
         national government"
      3: being of or having to do with the northern United States and
         those loyal to the Union during the Civil War; "Union
         soldiers"; "Federal forces"; "a Federal infantryman" [syn:
      4: characterized by or constituting a form of government in
         which power is divided between one central and several
         regional authorities; "a federal system like that of the
         United States"; "federal governments often evolved out of
         confederatons" [ant: unitary]
      n 1: a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War
           [syn: Federal soldier, Union soldier]
      2: any federal law-enforcement officer [syn: Fed, federal