stable collocation
Collocation Col`lo*ca"tion, n. [L. collocatio.] 1. The act of placing; the state of being placed with something else; disposition in place; arrangement. [1913 Webster]

The choice and collocation of words. --Sir W. Jones. [1913 Webster]

2. (Linguistics) a combination of related words within a sentence that occurs more frequently than would be predicted in a random arrangement of words; a combination of words that occurs with sufficient frequency to be recongizable as a common combination, especially a pair of words that occur adjacent to each other. Also called {stable collocation}. Combinations of words having intervening words between them, such as verb and object pairs, may also be collocations. [PJC]


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