li`ai`son"(l``zN"), n. [F., fr. L. ligatio, fr. ligare to bind. See Ligature, and cf. Ligation.] 1. A union, or bond of union; an intimacy; an interrelationship.
2. Specifically, An illicit sexual relation between a man and a woman; a sexual afffair.
3. Specifically: A process of communication between parts of an organization or between two organizations acting together for a common purpose.
4. Hence: A person whose function it is to maintain such communication.
(Phonetics) A pronunciation of a consonant sound that would be otherwise silent, such as the final consonant of certain French words, when the following word begins with a vowel sound.
Li*a"na(l*"n), } n. [F. liane; prob. akin to lien a band, fr. L. ligamen, fr. ligare to bind. Cf. Lien, n. ] (Bot.) A luxuriant woody plant, climbing high trees and having ropelike stems. The grapevine often has the habit of a liane. Lianes are abundant in the forests of the Amazon region.
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