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 for congress gaiter
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Congress \Con"gress\, n.; pl. Congresses. [L. congressus, fr.
     congredi, p. p. -gressus, to go or come together; con- +
     grati to go or step, gradus step: cf. F. congr?s. See
     1. A meeting of individuals, whether friendly or hostile; an
        encounter. [Obs.]
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              Here Pallas urges on, and Lausus there;
              Their congress in the field great Jove withstands.
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     2. A sudden encounter; a collision; a shock; -- said of
        things. [Obs.]
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              From these laws may be deduced the rules of the
              congresses and reflections of two bodies. --Cheyne.
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     3. The coming together of a male and female in sexual
        commerce; the act of coition. --Pennant.
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     4. A gathering or assembly; a conference.
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     5. 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.
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              The European powers strove to . . . accommodate
              their differences at the congress of Vienna.
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     6. 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.
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     Note: 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 two years for which the whole body of
           Representatives is chosen is called one Congress. Thus
           the session which began in December, 1887, was the
           first (or long) session, and that which began in
           December, 1888, was the second (or short) session, of
           the Fiftieth Congress. When an extra session is had
           before the date of the first regular meeting of a
           Congress, that is called the first session, and the
           following regular session is called the second session.
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     7. The lower house of the Spanish Cortes, the members of
        which are elected for three years.
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     The Continental Congress, an assembly of deputies from the
        thirteen British colonies in America, appointed to
        deliberate in respect to their common interests. They
        first met in 1774, and from time thereafter until near the
        close of the Revolution.
     The Federal Congress, the assembly of representatives of
        the original States of the American Union, who met under
        the Articles of Confederation from 1781 till 1789.
     Congress boot or Congress gaiter, a high shoe or
        half-boot, coming above the ankle, and having the sides
        made in part of some elastic material which stretches to
        allow the boot to be drawn on and off. [U.S.]
     Congress water, a saline mineral water from the Congress
        spring at Saratoga, in the State of New York.
     Syn: Assembly; meeting; convention; convocation; council;
          diet; conclave; parliament; legislature.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  congress gaiter
      n 1: an ankle high shoe with elastic gussets in the sides [syn:
           congress boot, congress shoe, congress gaiter]

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