- the act or state of connecting.
- the state of being connected: the connection between cause and effect.
- anything that connects; a connecting part; link; bond: an electrical connection.
- association; relationship: the connection between crime and poverty; no connection with any other firm of the same name.
- a circle of friends or associates or a member of such a circle.
- association with or development of something observed, imagined, discussed, etc.: to make a connection between the smell of smoke and the presence of fire; I have a few thoughts in connection with your last remarks.
- contextual relation; context, as of a word.
- the meeting of trains, planes, etc., for transfer of passengers: There are good connections between buses in Chicago.
- Often connections. a transfer by a passenger from one conveyance to another: to miss connections.
- a specific vehicle, airplane, ship, etc., boarded in making connections: My connection for Hartford is the 10:58.
- a relative, especially by marriage or distant blood relationship.
- Slang. a person who sells drugs directly to addicts.
- a source of supply for goods, material, etc., that is scarce, difficult, or illegal to obtain: a connection to obtain guns and ammunition for the rebels.
- a group of persons who are connected, as by political or religious ties.
- Usually connections. associates, relations, acquaintances, or friends, especially representing or having some influence or power: European connections; good connections in Congress.
- a religious denomination: the Methodist connection.
- a channel of communication: a bad telephone connection.
- sexual intercourse.
Origin of connection
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Examples from the Web for connection
But sources said that the evidence so far is pointing away from an ISIS connection.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre
Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef
January 8, 2015
It was original in how it treated Nixon and his connection to the right before 1968.Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Rural churches were deserted, and the connection between the land and the bounty of harvests was gone.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
He stated—quite rightly—that animals are never mentioned in connection with eternal life in the Bible.Sorry, Internet: Pope Francis Didn't Open Paradise to Pets
December 14, 2014
Nine U.S. Army soldiers were court-martialed and convicted of crimes in connection with that scandal.Why the Muslim World Isn’t Flipping Out Over the CIA Torture Report
December 12, 2014
I recur to it here as a plausible suggestion only, in connection with my theme.'Tis Sixty Years Since
Charles Francis Adams
There was nothing mercenary in his connection with politics.Biographical Sketches
The smile grew in the short interval before the connection was made.Within the Law
The names of this phallic deity show his connection with the Sun.The Non-Christian Cross
John Denham Parsons
What connection exists between the sixth and seventh petitions?An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
- the act or state of connecting; union
- something that connects, joins, or relates; link or bond
- a relationship or association
- logical sequence in thought or expression; coherence
- the relation of a word or phrase to its contextin this connection the word has no political significance
- (often plural) an acquaintance, esp one who is influential or has prestige
- a relative, esp if distant and related by marriage
- an opportunity to transfer from one train, bus, aircraft, ship, etc, to another
- the vehicle, aircraft, etc, scheduled to provide such an opportunity
- (plural) NZ the persons owning or controlling a racehorse
- a link, usually a wire or metallic strip, between two components in an electric circuit or system
- a communications link between two points, esp by telephone
- slang a supplier of illegal drugs, such as heroin
- rare sexual intercourse
- rare a small sect or religious group united by a body of distinct beliefs or practices
Word Origin and History for connection
late 14c., conneccion, later connexioun (mid-15c.), from Old French connexion, from Latin connexionem (nominative connexio) "a binding or joining together," from *connexare, frequentative of conectere "to fasten together, to tie, join together," from com- "together" (see com-) + nectere "to bind, tie" (see nexus).
Spelling shifted from connexion to connection (especially in American English) mid-18c. under influence of connect, abetted by affection, direction, etc.
- The act of connecting or the state of being connected.
- Something that connects.