- to join, link, or fasten together; unite or bind: to connect the two cities by a bridge; Communication satellites connect the local stations into a network.
- to establish communication between; put in communication: Operator, will you please connect me with Mr. Jones?
- to have as an accompanying or associated feature: pleasures connected with music.
- to cause to be associated, as in a personal or business relationship: to connect oneself with a group of like-minded persons; Our bank is connected with major foreign banks.
- to associate mentally or emotionally: She connects all telegrams with bad news.
- to link to an electrical or communications system; hook up: to connect a telephone.
- to become connected; join or unite: These two parts connect at the sides.
- (of trains, buses, etc.) to run so as to make connections (often followed by with): This bus connects with a northbound bus.
- Informal. to have or establish successful communication; make contact: I connected with two new clients today.
- Informal. to relate to or be in harmony with another person, one's work, etc.: We knew each other well but never connected.
- Slang. (of an addict or drug dealer) to make direct contact for the illegal sale or purchase of narcotics.
- Sports. to hit successfully or solidly: The batter connected for a home run. The boxer connected with a right.
Origin of connect
- to link or be linked together; join; fasten
- (tr) to relate or associateI connect him with my childhood
- (tr) to establish telephone communications with or between
- (intr) to be meaningful or meaningfully related
- (intr) (of two public vehicles, such as trains or buses) to have the arrival of one timed to occur just before the departure of the other, for the convenient transfer of passengers
- (intr) informal to hit, punch, kick, etc, solidly
- (intr) US and Canadian informal to be successful
- (intr) slang to find a source of drugs, esp illegal drugs
Word Origin and History for connectable
mid-15c., from Latin conectere "join together" (see connection). Displaced 16c. by connex (1540s), from Middle French connexer, from Latin *connexare, a supposed frequentative of conectere (past participle stem connex-). Connect was re-established 1670s.
A similar change took place in French, where connexer was superseded by connecter. Meaning "to establish a relationship" (with) is from 1881. Slang meaning "get in touch with" is attested by 1926, from telephone connections. Meaning "awaken meaningful emotions, establish rapport" is from 1942. Of a hit or blow, "to reach the target," from c.1920. Related: Connected; connecting; connectedness.
- To join or fasten together.
- To become joined or united.