Definition of connection in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈnɛkʃ(ə)n/
(British also connexion)


1A relationship in which a person or thing is linked or associated with something else: the connections between social attitudes and productivity sufferers deny that their problems have any connection with drugs
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  • The relationships, the connections between the elements, are of meaning in quantum mechanics.
  • He wanted them to think about relationships and connections between everyday objects and sculptures, paintings, and architecture.
  • The connections between items correlates with brain research that emphasizes connection-building to increase learning.
link, relationship, relation, relatedness, interrelation, interrelatedness, interconnection, interdependence, association, attachment, bond, tie, tie-in, correspondence, parallel, analogy;
bearing, relevance
1.1 [mass noun] The action of linking one thing with another: connection to the Internet
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  • Via USB connection to a host computer, it allows control of virtually every mixer parameter from your computer.
  • They also include a slot for a network card for connection to your home computer network.
  • Subsequent connection to the computer after installation is also tricky.
1.2 [mass noun] The placing of parts of an electric circuit in contact so that a current may flow.
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  • The at least two terminals include two current control terminals for connection at two locations in another circuit.
  • A solder ball is fused to the end of the conductors for connection of the connector to a circuit substrate.
  • The terminal connector has at least a contact terminal for circuit connection on the circuit substrate.
1.3A link between electrical components or pipes: ensure that all connections between the wires are properly made
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  • A plurality of bond wires make an electrical connection of the bond pads with the conductive trace layers.
  • Each power component provides connections between the power lines in the network cable and the ports of the fan-out device.
  • Before working with wires or electrical connections, check them with a voltage tester to be sure they are dead.
attachment, joint, fastening, coupling
1.4A link between two telephones: she replaced the receiver before the connection was made
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  • It is difficult to remember those were also the days when one had to wait for years to get a landline connection and mobile telephony was little thought of.
  • Her nerves buzzed like a bunch of crossed telephone connections.
  • This must be a bad connection, Lewis.
1.5An arrangement or opportunity for catching a connecting train, bus, aircraft, etc. ferry connections are sporadic in the low season
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  • He says the increase in Australian visitors is due mainly to better airfares and more convenient aircraft connections in and out of Auckland.
  • It is expected that film fans from neighbouring islands will take advantage of improved ferry connections to use the new facility.
  • Hull and Immingham have ferry connections with northern Europe, through which many containers are brought in on trailers.
1.6A connecting train, bus, etc. we had to wait for our connection to Frankfurt
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  • The price will depend on the fixed time of travel, connections with other trains, the quality of service, as well as other factors.
  • Windermere train station has regular connections from Bolton.
  • The railroad though, wasn't co-operative - a late train meant a missed connection and by now, I was sure I wasn't meant to have a meal that day.
1.7 (connections) People with whom one has social or professional contact or to whom one is related, especially those with influence and able to offer one help: he had connections in the music industry
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  • Now suppose that societal discrimination (including housing discrimination) influences social connections.
  • I keep coming back to the fact that a damaged half-mad woman was entrusted with the care of two small boys because she had the money and the connections to positively influence the adoption.
  • The villagers who support political parties and politicians act as their contacts within the village and to some extent derive their social standing from these connections.
contact, friend, acquaintance, ally, colleague, associate, sponsor;
relation, relative, kindred, kin, kinsman, kinswoman
2 informal, chiefly North American A supplier of narcotics.
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  • The boy downstairs becomes her first love and her drug connection.
  • He (her ex fiancé) was her drug connection so she returns for the love of Meth.
  • She walks out of the house to meet her drug connection.
2.1A narcotics sale or purchase.
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  • He always conscientiously fulfilled his responsibilities - even if his need to make a drug connection occasionally determined that he would miss a gig or arrive uncomfortably late.
  • We found out she'd been expecting to make a drug connection earlier that afternoon.
3chiefly historical An association of Methodist Churches: the primitive Methodists broke with the Wesleyan connection in 1810
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  • The many facets and connections of Wesleyan Methodism make it difficult to generalize about its importance.
  • Authority in the church became more centralized, though the power of the laity at local level was greater than in other Methodist connexions.
  • It may well be that the Methodist connections were the reason why this village has no pub.



in connection with

With reference to; concerning: detectives are questioning two men in connection with alleged criminal damage
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  • He had been appearing for a remand in custody hearing in connection with two burglaries.
  • The men were also arrested in connection with offences relating to illegal immigration.
  • Two local youths have been arrested and questioned by officers in connection with the incident.
regarding, concerning, with reference to, referring to, with regard to, with respect to, respecting, relating to, in relation to, on, touching on, dealing with, relevant to, with relevance to, in the context of, connected with, on the subject of, in the matter of, apropos, re;
Scottish  anent;
Latin in re

in this (or that) connection

With reference to this (or that): the local Marine Surveyor should be able to assist in this connection
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  • Five people have been arrested in this connection.
  • Public lectures, exhibits, school programs, and competitions are among the activities being organised in this connection.
  • It is preposterous to talk about freedom of speech in this connection; the case cannot be blown up into a great issue of civil liberties.



Example sentences
  • For three years, from 1989 to 1992, I was employed by the Methodist Church as the connexional field worker for what was at that time known as the Mission Alongside the Poor Programme.
  • Second, they used it to describe another denomination with a connectional or episcopal system of church polity, such as ‘The Methodist Church’ or ‘The Presbyterian Church.’
  • New legislation became a necessity by mid 1948 because of plans to negotiate a North Atlantic defense treaty and furnish arms aid to strengthen the connectional defenses and the will to resist Communist expansion of the signatories.


Late Middle English: from Latin connexio(n-), from connectere (see connect). The spelling -ct (18th century) is from connect, on the pattern of pairs such as collect, collection.

Words that rhyme with connection

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