Con"fer*ence (?), n. [F. conf'erence. See Confer.]


The act of comparing two or more things together; comparison.


Helps and furtherances which . . . the mutual conference of all men's collections and observations may afford. Hocker.


The act of consulting together formally; serious conversation or discussion; interchange of views.

Nor with such free and friendly conference As he hath used of old. Shak.


A meeting for consultation, discussion, or an interchange of opinions.


A meeting of the two branches of a legislature, by their committees, to adjust between them.

5. Methodist Church

A stated meeting of preachers and others, invested with authority to take cognizance of ecclesiastical matters.


A voluntary association of Congregational churches of a district; the district in which such churches are.

Conference meeting, a meeting for conference. Specifically, a meeting conducted (usually) by laymen, for conference and prayer. [U. S.] -- Conference room, a room for conference and prayer, and for the pastor's less formal addresses. [U. S.]


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