Commentary: A meeting that has an agenda and is usually pre-arranged. Refers to the body of the meeting, not to the act of meeting.
The Pacific Northwest Writer's Conference is held every July in Seattle.
John was elected moderator of the conference.
The conference decided to hold a vote on the issue.
We scheduled a conference for next Tuesday.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1
Commentary: The grouping of a number of teams or players that compete against each other.
John led the conference in yards-per-reception.
The Miami Dolphins are in the American Football Conference.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2
Commentary: Having a discussion with a specific topic. Refers to the act of meeting, not to the body of the meeting. It might help to think of this sense as a resultative noun of the verb 'confer'.
Wives in conference means trouble for husbands.
No amount of conference could resolve our problems.
WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3
Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)