1. The act of connecting, or the state of being connected; the act or process of bringing two things into contact; junction; union; as, the connection between church and state is inescapable; the connection of pipes of different diameters requires an adapter.
Syn: -- link, connectedness.
2. That which connects or joins together; bond; tie.
He [Algazel] denied the possibility of a known connection between cause and effect. --Whewell.
The eternal and inseparable connection between virtue and happiness. --Atterbury.
Any sort of connection which is perceived or imagined between two or more things. --I. Taylor.
4. A relation; esp. a person connected with another by marriage rather than by blood; -- used in a loose and indefinite, and sometimes a comprehensive, sense.
4. The persons or things that are connected; as, a business connection; the Methodist connection.
Men elevated by powerful connection. --Motley.
At the head of a strong parliamentary connection. --Macaulay.
Whose names, forces, connections, and characters were perfectly known to him. --Macaulay.
In this connection, in connection with this subject.
Note: [A phrase objected to by some writers.]
Note: ☞ This word was formerly written, as by Milton, with x instead of t in the termination, connexion, and the same thing is true of the kindred words inflexion, reflexion, and the like. But the general usage at present is to spell them connection, inflection, reflection, etc.
Syn: -- Union; coherence; continuity; junction; association; dependence; intercourse; commerce; communication; affinity; relationship.
n 1: a relation between things or events (as in the case of one
causing the other or sharing features with it); "there
was a connection between eating that pickle and having
that nightmare" [syn: connexion, connectedness]
2: the state of being connected; "the connection between church
and state is inescapable" [syn: link, connectedness]
3: an instrumentality that connects; "he soldered the
connection"; "he didn't have the right connector between
the amplifier and the speakers" [syn: connexion, connector,
4: (usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you
are connected in some way (as by family or friendship);
"he has powerful connections"
5: the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory
or imagination; "conditioning is a form of learning by
association" [syn: association, connexion]
6: a connecting shape [syn: connexion, link]
7: a supplier (especially of narcotics)
8: shifting from one form of transportation to another; "the
plane was late and he missed his connection in Atlanta"
9: the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for
communication); "the joining of hands around the table";
"there was a connection via the internet" [syn: joining,