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English noun: connection

1. connection a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it)

SamplesThere was a connection between eating that pickle and having that nightmare.

Synonymsconnectedness, connexion

Broader (hypernym)relation

Narrower (hyponym)alliance, bond, bridge, communication, concatenation, involvement, linkage, relatedness, relevance, relevancy, series

Attributeconnected, unconnected


2. connection (state) the state of being connected

SamplesThe connection between church and state is inescapable.

Synonymsconnectedness, link

Broader (hypernym)unification, union

Narrower (hyponym)coherence, coherency, cohesion, cohesiveness, concatenation, contact, interconnectedness, interconnection

Antonymsdisconnectedness, disconnection, disjunction, disjuncture

3. connection (artifact) an instrumentality that connects

SamplesHe soldered the connection.
He didn't have the right connector between the amplifier and the speakers.

Synonymsconnecter, connective, connector, connexion

Broader (hypernym)instrumentality, instrumentation

Narrower (hyponym)attachment, backbone, bond, conjunction, coupling, earth, ground, hitch, hookup, jumper, junction, line, patch, phone line, slip ring, subscriber line, telephone circuit, telephone line, temporary hookup, yoke

4. connection (person) (usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship)

SamplesHe has powerful connections.

Broader (hypernym)acquaintance, friend

Domain usageplural, plural form

5. connection (cognition) the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination

SamplesConditioning is a form of learning by association.

Synonymsassociation, connexion

Broader (hypernym)memory, remembering

Narrower (hyponym)colligation

6. connection (shape) a connecting shape

Synonymsconnexion, link

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

Narrower (hyponym)articulation, join, joint, junction, juncture, node

7. connection (person) a supplier (especially of narcotics)

Broader (hypernym)provider, supplier

Domain categorynarcotic

8. connection (act) shifting from one form of transportation to another

SamplesThe plane was late and he missed his connection in Atlanta.


Broader (hypernym)conveyance, transfer, transferral, transport, transportation

9. connection (act) the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)

SamplesThe joining of hands around the table.
There was a connection via the internet.

Synonymsconnexion, joining

Broader (hypernym)change of integrity

Narrower (hyponym)adjunction, approximation, articulation, attachment, bringing close together, coming upon, concatenation, convergence, convergency, converging, encounter, fastening, hit, interconnection, intersection, junction

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