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An ecclesiastical assembly.


 - n. (Eccl. Hist.) An ecclesiastic council or meeting to consult on church matters. Synods are of four kinds: 1. General, or ecumenical, which are composed of bishops from different nations; - commonly called general council. 2. National, composed of bishops of one nation only. 3. Provincial, in which the bishops of only one province meet; - called also convocations. 4. Diocesan, a synod in which the bishop of the diocese or his representative presides. Among Presbyterians, a synod is composed of several adjoining presbyteries. The members are the ministers and a ruling elder from each parish. An assembly or council having civil authority; a legislative body. (Astron.) A conjunction of two or more of the heavenly bodies. 

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