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Connection definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CONNECTION, n. [L. See Connect.] The act of joining or state of being joined; a state of being knit or fastened together; union by junction, by an intervening substance or medium, by dependence or relation, or by order in a series; a word of very general import. There is a connection of links in a chain; a connection between all parts of the human body; a connection between virtue and happiness, and between this life and the future; a connection between parent and child, master and servant, husband and wife; between motives and actions, and between actions and their consequences. In short, the word is applicable to almost every thing that has a dependence on or relation to another thing.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

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: connection, connexion, connectedness] [ant: unconnectedness]
2: the state of being connected; "the connection between church and state is inescapable" [syn: connection, link, connectedness] [ant: disconnectedness, disconnection, disjunction, disjuncture]
3: an instrumentality that connects; "he soldered the connection"; "he didn't have the right connector between the amplifier and the speakers" [syn: connection, connexion, connector, connecter, connective]
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, connection, connexion]
6: a connecting shape [syn: connection, 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" [syn: connection, connexion]
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, connection, connexion]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin connexion-, connexio, from conectere Date: 14th century 1. the act of connecting ; the state of being connected: as a. causal or logical relation or sequence <the connection between two ideas> b. (1) contextual relation or association <in this connection the word has a different meaning> (2) relationship in fact <wanted in connection with a robbery> c. a relation of personal intimacy (as of family ties) d. coherence, continuity 2. a. something that connects ; link <a loose connection in the wiring> b. a means of communication or transport <a telephone connection> 3. a person connected with another especially by marriage, kinship, or common interest <has powerful connections> 4. a political, social, professional, or commercial relationship: as a. position, job b. an arrangement to execute orders or advance interests of another <a firm's foreign connections> c. a source of contraband (as illegal drugs) 5. a set of persons associated together: as a. denomination b. clan connectional adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. (also Brit. connexion) 1 a the act of connecting; the state of being connected. b an instance of this. 2 the point at which two things are connected (broke at the connection). 3 a a thing or person that connects; a link (a radio formed the only connection with the outside world; cannot see the connection between the two ideas). b a telephone link (got a bad connection). 4 arrangement or opportunity for catching a connecting train etc.; the train etc. itself (missed the connection). 5 Electr. a the linking up of an electric current by contact. b a device for effecting this. 6 (often in pl.) a relative or associate, esp. one with influence (has connections in the Home Office; heard it through a business connection). 7 a relation of ideas; a context (in this connection I have to disagree). 8 sl. a supplier of narcotics. 9 a religious body, esp. Methodist. Phrases and idioms: in connection with with reference to. in this (or that) connection with reference to this (or that). Derivatives: connectional adj. Etymology: L connexio (as connect): spelling -ct- after connect

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cascade system Cascade system (Elec.) A system or method of connecting and operating two induction motors so that the primary circuit of one is connected to the secondary circuit of the other, the primary circuit of the latter being connected to the source of supply; also, a system of electric traction in which motors so connected are employed. The cascade system is also called tandem, or concatenated, system; the connection a cascade, tandem, or concatenated, connection, or a concatenation; and the control of the motors so obtained a tandem, or concatenation, control. Note: In the cascade system of traction the cascade connection is used for starting and for low speeds up to half speed. For full speed the short-circuited motor is cut loose from the other motor and is either left idle or (commonly) connected direct to the line.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Connection Con*nec"tion, n. [Cf. Connexion.] 1. The act of connecting, or the state of being connected; junction; union; alliance; relationship. He [Algazel] denied the possibility of a known connection between cause and effect. --Whewell. The eternal and inserable connection between virtue and hapiness. --Atterbury. 2. That which connects or joins together; bond; tie. Any sort of connection which is perceived or imagined between two or more things. --I. Taylor. 3. 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(connections) Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English. Note: in BRIT, also use 'connexion' 1. A connection is a relationship between two things, people, or groups. There was no evidence of a connection between BSE and the brain diseases recently confirmed in cats... The police say he had no connection with the security forces... = association, link N-VAR: usu N prep 2. A connection is a joint where two wires or pipes are joined together. Check all radiators for small leaks, especially round pipework connections. N-COUNT 3. If a place has good road, rail, or air connections, many places can be directly reached from there by car, train, or plane. Fukuoka has excellent air and rail connections to the rest of the country. N-COUNT: usu n N 4. If you get a connection at a station or airport, you catch a train, bus, or plane, after getting off another train, bus, or plane, in order to continue your journey. My flight was late and I missed the connection. N-COUNT: usu sing 5. Your connections are the people who you know or are related to, especially when they are in a position to help you. She used her connections to full advantage. N-PLURAL 6. If you write or talk to someone in connection with something, you write or talk to them about that thing. (FORMAL) 13 men have been questioned in connection with the murder. PREP-PHRASE

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Union, alliance, junction, association, dependence. 2. Intercourse, communication, commerce. 3. Sexual commerce. 4. Affinity, relationship. 5. Kinsman, relative, relation, kindred.

Moby Thesaurus

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