1. referring to a system of government where a group of states are linked together in a federation

  2. referring to the central government of the United States


    Most federal offices are in Washington.

"...federal examiners will determine which of the privately-insured savings and loans qualify for federal insurance" [Wall Street Journal]

"...since 1978 America has freed many of its industries from federal rules that set prices and controlled the entry of new companies" [Economist]

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