Definition of nexus in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈneksəs/

noun (plural same or nexuses)

1A connection or series of connections linking two or more things: the nexus between industry and political power
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  • This paper explores the nexus between industrial restructuring, social capital, and occupational identity through an analysis of the changing structure of the oilpatch trucking industry.
  • As much as any American at the time, or arguably since, Elwood Mead understood the critical land-water nexus and its centrality to the success of Zionist endeavors in Palestine.
  • And here, one of the things that we really focus on is sort of the nexus of the past and the present, and how the past has come back basically to destroy the present because of what happened then.
1.1A connected group or series: a nexus of ideas
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  • This nexus of ideas continued to be her major focus, emerging again in her first book-length text on metaphysics, The Definition of the Godhead.
  • These designs are in my view extremely consistent in seeking and developing a particular nexus of ideas.
  • This nexus of problems has suddenly come into focus for me.
1.2The central and most important point or place: the nexus of all this activity was the disco
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  • It had rivulets of pattern and color emerging from a central nexus.
  • With a coffee shop, conference room and shared secretarial services the centre promises to be a nexus of activity which will in turn energise the commercial life of the city.
  • London would be the nerve centre of the new Empire, a nexus.


Mid 17th century: from Latin, 'a binding together', from nex- 'bound', from the verb nectere.

Words that rhyme with nexus

plexus, Texas

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Syllabification: nex·us

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