Definition of connection in English:

connection

(British connexion)

noun

  • 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’
    • ‘It is only in Europe, moreover, that the connections between modernization and secularization are relatively strong.’
    • ‘First, there are nodes and connections between them, called links.’
    • ‘Ecofeminism is a movement that makes connections between environmentalism and feminism, and argues that patriarchal oppression destroys nature in the name of profit and progress.’
    • ‘The relationships, the connections between the elements, are of meaning in quantum mechanics.’
    • ‘The unifying link was that all of the artists had a connection with a small Quebec village called Saint-Juste-du-Lac.’
    • ‘Recognizing this contradiction, it is nonetheless possible to see connections between the fantastical and realistic aspects of rap by analysing the role of fantasies in a subculture.’
    • ‘It suggests a society, if not a nation, in which the connections between criminality and culture have become banal and where most have become inoculated against any indignation at the fact that those links exist.’
    • ‘His father did the same for 20 years before that making their connection with radio one of the longest family associations in world broadcasting history.’
    • ‘Multiplicity is also more easily associated with hybridity and assemblages - but still concerned with connections between singularities.’
    • ‘‘Things’ are placed within the environments, and the viewer has to make the connections between the things, the illness and reality.’
    • ‘She explains that there are important connections between the decisions people make - such as the jobs they do or the products they buy - and the affect it has on other people around the world.’
    • ‘He wanted them to think about relationships and connections between everyday objects and sculptures, paintings, and architecture.’
    • ‘In parallel plotlines, the film follows their two lives - their friends, their girlfriends, their connection with art.’
    • ‘It is necessary to think of the connections between technology and social relations - including any organizational structures - as a set of relationships.’
    • ‘Finally, how do the lay employees of a religious institution view its connection with the sponsoring denomination or religious order?’
    • ‘The connections between items correlates with brain research that emphasizes connection-building to increase learning.’
    • ‘The Roman province of Britain is a place in which these connections between culture and social relations can be seen with particular clarity, despite some inevitable gaps in our knowledge.’
    • ‘To examine these relationships systematically, I have identified five types of connections between musicians and others.’
    • ‘The quality of your life has a strong connection with how healthy your relationship with other people is.’
    • ‘This one-sided view of health also ignores what has been learnt about the broader social determinants of disease and the two-way connections between well-being and illness.’
    link, relationship, relation, relatedness, interrelation, interrelatedness, interconnection, interdependence, association, attachment, bond, tie, tie-in, correspondence, parallel, analogy
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    1. 1.1mass noun The action of linking one thing with another.
      ‘connection to the Internet’
      • ‘A network interface for connection of the computer system to a network can also be connected to packet switch bank 101.’
      • ‘This external communications interface may comprise applications and hardware for connection of the computer to either or both a computer network or the internet.’
      • ‘They also include a slot for a network card for connection to your home computer network.’
      • ‘Therefore we sometimes order cables for connection of the computer and mobile telephone.’
      • ‘The vibrator and its connection to the computer are described in detail in Appendix A.’
      • ‘Subsequent connection to the computer after installation is also tricky.’
      • ‘Via USB connection to a host computer, it allows control of virtually every mixer parameter from your computer.’
    2. 1.2mass noun The placing of parts of an electric circuit in contact so that a current may flow.
      • ‘The terminal connector has at least a contact terminal for circuit connection on the circuit substrate.’
      • ‘The at least two terminals include two current control terminals for connection at two locations in another circuit.’
      • ‘A circuit switch model for determining switch and network transit delays for circuit connection set-up was developed.’
      • ‘A solder ball is fused to the end of the conductors for connection of the connector to a circuit substrate.’
      • ‘The invention relates to the field of housings for connection of circuit boards to mother boards mounted therein and in particular to housings having zero insertion force connectors.’
    3. 1.3 A link between electrical components or pipes.
      ‘ensure that all connections between the wires are properly made’
      • ‘Where utility pipes, vent pipes, exterior plumbing, and electrical or phone connections enter the house, caulk the separation.’
      • ‘A method is described for producing an electrical connection between a plug element and a printed circuit board.’
      • ‘Check on the connections in the electrical system to ensure everything's in proper working condition.’
      • ‘Before working with wires or electrical connections, check them with a voltage tester to be sure they are dead.’
      • ‘Flexible links for the fuel system, exhaust and all electrical connections will help to reduce noise and vibration transmission to the building structure.’
      • ‘Each power component provides connections between the power lines in the network cable and the ports of the fan-out device.’
      • ‘A plurality of bond wires make an electrical connection of the bond pads with the conductive trace layers.’
      • ‘They are tasked with four basic objects - get a water connection, an electricity connection, a building certificate and a ration card.’
      • ‘As the message passed into my hand, through the wires and electrical connections, into my sensory functions, I was flooded with images of this experience.’
      • ‘Check connections to the electrical system to prevent low voltage and lighting problems.’
      • ‘A second electrical conductor forms an electrical connection with the patient's body.’
      • ‘They get their electricity from illegal connections and their water source is a broken pipe.’
      • ‘Wherever there are electrical wires and connections there is the potential for shock and fire hazards.’
      • ‘The whole top drops right onto the sub-frame where it's secured by 12 bolts and a couple of electrical connections, then the rest of the body panels are built up around it.’
      • ‘It had stopped working, so he inspected electrical connections and prepared to downlink data from his last run, so biomedical engineers on the ground can try to track down the problem.’
      • ‘Pulses from the weapon penetrate enemy bunkers through ventilation shafts and antennae, short-circuiting electrical connections and wrecking microchips.’
      • ‘Moments later, the power-lines lost their connections with the other power-lines, and the electricity ceased to exist.’
      • ‘The second output port is connected by a feedback connection to a predetermined dedicated second input port.’
      • ‘The rectangular manifolds checked out, as she probed the divide that beautifully separated the two evenly, checking the wire housing and electrical connections.’
      • ‘The bump array is configured to provide electrical connections to all possible integrated circuit contact patterns in the design set of integrated circuits.’
      attachment, joint, fastening, coupling
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    4. 1.4 A link between two telephones.
      ‘she replaced the receiver before the connection was made’
      • ‘This must be a bad connection, Lewis.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After an interminable stretch of dead air while the cellular connection went through and my bowels tied themselves in knots, the number rang.’
      • ‘George, there must be a bad connection.’
    5. 1.5 An arrangement or opportunity for catching a connecting train, bus, aircraft, etc.
      ‘ferry connections are sporadic in the low season’
      • ‘He says the increase in Australian visitors is due mainly to better airfares and more convenient aircraft connections in and out of Auckland.’
      • ‘It showed they could make a bus connection to the night train through to London.’
      • ‘The invitation was by telephone and accompanied with information about train connections, arrival times, and assurance that she would put me up in her home.’
      • ‘Bus transfers will ferry people between Heuston and parts of Co Kildare for onward train connections.’
      • ‘They looked as though they would have to abandon their attempt earlier this week because of the lack of a ferry connection from Orkney to Shetland.’
      • ‘Rather than let his guests wait for bus connections, he arranged for cabs for the group.’
      • ‘The subway stopped and she gathered up her school bag, following Zara to the platform where they would catch their train connection.’
      • ‘On July 10, the tour begins with a flight from Dublin to Vienna, followed by a train connection to Passau to collect hired bikes.’
      • ‘Only mandatory train connections were running.’
      • ‘That is very important if you have to go to work or have onward train connections.’
      • ‘It is expected that film fans from neighbouring islands will take advantage of improved ferry connections to use the new facility.’
      • ‘Despite these new train services, the bus connections from Menston station to Otley have not been added to the timetable, stranding passengers at Menston.’
      • ‘Inevitably, after a couple of pints my carefully planned schedule of return train connections had collapsed, leaving me stranded alone at Reading in a frozen waiting room at four in the morning.’
      • ‘Amazingly, Scotland currently has no direct ferry connections to Europe.’
      • ‘Newbury has better train connections, and also a straight mile for races such as the Royal Hunt Cup and Queen Anne Stakes.’
      • ‘These two are on the westerly island of Ouessant, which has a ferry connection from Le Conquet.’
      • ‘Hull and Immingham have ferry connections with northern Europe, through which many containers are brought in on trailers.’
      • ‘Our staff do an excellent job of making sure passengers make their train connections.’
      • ‘A train connection will transfer her to Moutiers, where a bus will bring her to Pralognan.’
      • ‘What of the passengers who were held out in the wilderness and who missed their flights to London and their train and bus connections?’
    6. 1.6 A connecting train, bus, etc.
      ‘we had to wait for our connection to Frankfurt’
      • ‘I stayed on the train past my connection and ended up at the south-western cemetery steps only a few minutes later.’
      • ‘It is cold and I am wasting time sitting at the bus station, waiting for my damn connection.’
      • ‘The price will depend on the fixed time of travel, connections with other trains, the quality of service, as well as other factors.’
      • ‘The Airline will commence daily flights into Bangalore from/to Seattle on October 31 offering direct connections via Amsterdam.’
      • ‘Hong Kong, by contrast, offers connections to 131 international destinations but only 42 mainland cities.’
      • ‘Rail chiefs say the new section of track at Allington Junction, near Grantham, will improve rail reliability and offer better connections for local and long-distance services.’
      • ‘We came through Bari, which involved long waits between connections and a lumbering run along the waterfront to the ferry in Patras, with wheeled case bouncing behind.’
      • ‘It also offers earlier connections to the Galway, Limerick, Cork, Tralee, Killarney, Letterkenny and Derry bus services.’
      • ‘So, whenever I was outside, between connections or waiting for a bus, I set about venting gas.’
      • ‘We wanted to get good seats on this train before the mainline connection from New York arrived.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Windermere train station has regular connections from Bolton.’
      • ‘I was trying to make a connection from one train to another to stay in a certain hostile.’
      • ‘So, the French spy searched for the English spy on every train arriving with connections from the continent.’
    7. 1.7connections 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’
      • ‘Superior to his two partners in social rank and inherited connections, he lacked their ability to organize support and their total dedication to the pursuit of power.’
      • ‘They had influence, power and connections… they wanted to be useful in some way.’
      • ‘Now suppose that societal discrimination (including housing discrimination) influences social connections.’
      • ‘First, they contacted an architect through social connections to redesign the park.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They expect a right of center president to nominate right of center judges some of whom will have connections with the only national organization of right of center lawyers.’
      • ‘I was fortunate enough, through connections, to be able to land a nice job, nice salary, nice benefits, etc.’
      • ‘Building local social connections and informal support is fundamental to preventing child abuse and neglect and to building resilience in children and vulnerable families.’
      • ‘But this is something that the County Development Officer should be dealing with, using the influence and the political connections to stop the brain drain from the county.’
      • ‘The College is an institution that opened its doors to those didn't have the financial resources or social connections necessary for admission to the Ivy League.’
      • ‘The second is that we have two sets of rules; one for the poor who lack social and political connections; another for the well-heeled who have clout.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Through the committee's connections they were able to find performers of a high standard who offered their services for a minimal fee.’
      • ‘We have heard, lastly, that the new fiction is fatally in love with journalism, that it wishes to flatten itself into a registry of facts, an index of social connections.’
      • ‘It was only after the desperate father resorted to using his family connections and contacted the Prime Minister's office that a search for the missing student was launched.’
      • ‘Our results indicate that different types of social network connections can have opposing impacts on diffusion.’
      • ‘They are establishing professional learning habits and personal connections with other camp professionals that will serve them well the rest of their lives.’
      • ‘Through his connections with influential figures in the media, he was able to elicit favorable press for his clients.’
      • ‘One becomes a government bureaucrat or politician and rises through the ranks by developing influential connections and getting help from personal networks.’
      • ‘‘Prison wardens and other prisoners feared him because of his family connections and influence,’ he said.’
      contact, friend, acquaintance, ally, colleague, associate, sponsor
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  • 2North American informal A supplier of narcotics.

    • ‘The boy downstairs becomes her first love and her drug connection.’
    • ‘She walks out of the house to meet her drug connection.’
    • ‘He (her ex fiancé) was her drug connection so she returns for the love of Meth.’
    1. 2.1 A narcotics sale or purchase.
      • ‘We found out she'd been expecting to make a drug connection earlier that afternoon.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 3historical An association of Methodist Churches.

    ‘the primitive Methodists broke with the Wesleyan connection in 1810’
    • ‘Authority in the church became more centralized, though the power of the laity at local level was greater than in other Methodist connexions.’
    • ‘The many facets and connections of Wesleyan Methodism make it difficult to generalize about its importance.’
    • ‘This Connection became the first ‘denomination’ to officially adopt an article of religion on sanctification.’
    • ‘This led to the formation of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection in 1843 as a separate denomination.’
    • ‘It may well be that the Methodist connections were the reason why this village has no pub.’

Phrases

  • in connection with

    • With reference to; concerning.

      ‘detectives are questioning two men in connection with alleged criminal damage’
      • ‘He had been appearing for a remand in custody hearing in connection with two burglaries.’
      • ‘It was not the first time that his name had been mentioned in connection with another team.’
      • ‘That was the third time I had to phone the council last month, all in connection with our recycling box.’
      • ‘In this section we shall address that question in connection with neo-realism.’
      • ‘The men were also arrested in connection with offences relating to illegal immigration.’
      • ‘They were due to be questioned by police today in connection with the incident.’
      • ‘Two local youths have been arrested and questioned by officers in connection with the incident.’
      • ‘One man was questioned in connection with the incident, but was later released on bail.’
      • ‘But something has just occurred to me in connection with what you have been saying.’
      • ‘Three people have been questioned by police in connection with the demonstration.’
      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
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  • in this (or that) connection

    • With reference to this (or that)

      ‘the local Marine Surveyor should be able to assist in this connection’
      • ‘I have had over 200 papers published in the academic journals reporting research in that 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.’
      • ‘The high rate of domestic ownership of pianos in nineteenth century Australia is a significant datum in this connection.’
      • ‘The instance of the electric light may prove illuminating in this connection.’
      • ‘Finally, and in that connection, the best bloggers will gain access to other vehicles through which to present more analytical pieces.’
      • ‘Of course, it should be said in this connection that very few new developments happen in vernacular literature to be of interest to the new generation.’
      • ‘Five people have been arrested in this connection.’
      • ‘The police has registered a case in this connection.’
      • ‘Our view is that whatever changes are to be made in that connection should be made on a peaceful basis by both countries.’
      • ‘Public lectures, exhibits, school programs, and competitions are among the activities being organised in this connection.’

Origin

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.

Pronunciation

connection

/kəˈnɛkʃ(ə)n/