English adjective: federal
|1.||federal national; especially in reference to the government of the United States as distinct from that of its member units|
|Samples||The Federal Bureau of Investigation.|
The federal highway program.
|2.||federal of or relating to the central government of a federation|
|Samples||A federal district is one set aside as the seat of the national government.|
|3.||Federal being of or having to do with the northern United States and those loyal to the Union during the American Civil War|
A Federal infantryman.
|4.||federal characterized by or constituting a form of government in which power is divided between one central and several regional authorities|
|Samples||A federal system like that of the United States.|
Federal governments often evolved out of confederations.
|Domain category||administration, governance, governing, government, government activity|
English noun: Federal
|1.||Federal (person) a member of the Union Army during the American Civil War|
|Synonyms||Federal soldier, Union soldier|
|Broader (hypernym)||Northerner, Yank, Yankee|
|2.||Federal (person) any federal law-enforcement officer|
|Synonyms||Fed, federal official|
|Broader (hypernym)||agent, federal agent|