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n. pl. Congresses. A meeting of individuals, whether friendly or hostile; an encounter. A sudden encounter; a collision; a shock; - said of things. The coming together of a male and female in sexual commerce; the act of coition. A gathering or assembly; a conference. A formal assembly, as of princes, deputies, representatives, envoys, or commissioners; esp., a meeting of the representatives of several governments or societies to consider and determine matters of common interest. The collective body of senators and representatives of the people of a nation, esp. of a republic, constituting the chief legislative body of the nation. In the Congress of the United States (which took the place of the Federal Congress, March 4, 1789), the Senate consists of two Senators from each State, chosen by the State legislature for a term of six years, in such a way that the terms of one third of the whole number expire every year; the House of Representatives consists of members elected by the people of the several Congressional districts, for a term of two years, the term of all ending at the same time.


The united body of Senators and Representatives for any term of ...

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