Definition of concatenation in US English:



  • 1A series of interconnected things or events.

    ‘a singular concatenation of events unlikely to recur’
    • ‘Lincoln shook her head with misplaced appetite for this latest in an intermittently arduous concatenation of sterling scuffles.’
    • ‘All then set off down the hill in the vehicles, but I preferred to walk, to be alone in this vast action of snow, this immense concatenation of white silence, every step a splendid one.’
    • ‘Extending from one end to the other is a great concatenation of human bodies linked by their reaching, touching, grasping, and leaning, each creating a dangerous possibility of human-to-human contagion.’
    • ‘In language, a lone signifier would be an utterly meaningless sound or concatenation of sounds.’
    • ‘The only active agents in this world, the only real subjects among this concatenation of passive objects, are us humans.’
    • ‘The concatenation of circumstances has led to Gerhard Rach of Germany donning the mantle of chief coach, assisted by the former Olympian, Germany's Oliver Kutz and India's Jagbir Singh.’
    • ‘It is, as biological chains of cause and effect go, a fairly simple concatenation of events.’
    • ‘I've just put up an edited concatenation of those two talks, coupled with invaluable editorial suggestions from Alicia Cervini.’
    • ‘Looking back, I think they might have some enduring value as a kind of unique concatenation of intellectual influences and real-life experience that could be useful as a reference-guide to others.’
    • ‘There's also a mounting seriousness of tone that doesn't sit entirely well with the plot's concatenation of coincidences and unlikelihoods.’
    • ‘Saami languages, being of the Finno-Ugric family, are agglutinative, creating words by linear concatenation of morphemes.’
    • ‘To inform a reading of this seemingly infinite concatenation of closed brackets, Michael Davidson writes about narrative frames.’
    • ‘They preferred to wait for some concatenation of events which would re-legitimise their anti-establishment confrontationist position, and their turbulent inner life, while retaining at least some of the original Left icons.’
    • ‘As one walks through the different rooms, passages and interstices of the gallery, there is a tremendous but transient concatenation of sound.’
    • ‘Now, why, in that concatenation of facts, do you not have a basis on which the primary judge can find that to some extent there is evidence?’
    • ‘Yet that prodigious concatenation of evils, which should be devastating, is not notably impeding the nation.’
    • ‘And so you had this accidental concatenation of events.’
    • ‘How do we achieve something that Europe has never managed before, or any comparable concatenation of states on any other continent?’
    • ‘All of these things came together to create this awful concatenation of these various factors, simply diabolically coming together.’
    • ‘The geocentric, geostatic cosmos of Aristotle having been quite exploded, all that remained was an infinite and intricate concatenation of causes and effects.’
    series, sequence, succession
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    1. 1.1 The action of linking things together in a series.
      • ‘The strategic concatenation of several such artists at any given time results in the establishment of a trend.’
      • ‘Nucleotide alignments were created by the concatenation of the individual gene alignments.’
      • ‘More concretely, we draw independent pairs of amino acids from this distribution, and the concatenation of these pairs gives us a simulated gap-free alignment at PAM distance t k.’
      • ‘Let x v be an N-tuple defined as the concatenation of the alignment columns specified by the N-long vector of indices v.’
      • ‘The medium of social exchange in both cases seems subject to the concatenation of individual experience and linguistic artifice, without clear purchase on how social being determines consciousness in, of and through language.’
      • ‘Only drive striping and concatenation were completely safe, and mirroring was safe as long as you did not use the on-line rebuild code.’
      • ‘This kind of string handling and string concatenation was good enough for Kernighan and Ritchie, but it has its problems.’
      • ‘The results of our analyses demonstrate that concatenation of data can improve the signal for relationships and also that care is needed to investigate possible incongruence between partitions.’
      • ‘Studied tones were represented as vectors comprising two 10-element fields, one representing pitch and the other duration, with concatenation representing feature pairings.’
      • ‘The group opisthokonts was not recovered in some recently published analyses (e.g., domain contents and concatenation of genome sequences).’
      • ‘The per-process space available for environment variables is, however, limited, and a simple textual concatenation of attribute-value pairs is a fairly inflexible way to store data.’
      • ‘As has been pointed out recently, while data concatenation has the effect of reducing sampling effects, they are still not capable of stating whether or not the trees are correct.’
      • ‘LSPs are created by the distribution of label bindings and the concatenation of one or more label switched hops.’
      • ‘In addition, phylogenetic analyses were performed for each of the individual virB genes selected for concatenation.’
      • ‘Arbitrary concatenation facilitates optimization of this fragmented bandwidth.’
      • ‘And this linkage, this so-called concatenation or coming together of effects unifying these vastly different domains of nature, is one of the most compelling aspects in this field.’
      • ‘One would think that meaning might flare up here or there though some chance concatenation of words.’
      • ‘The ML phylogeny inferred from the concatenation of the 129 genes is shown in figure 1.’
      combination, amalgamation, incorporation, unification, consolidation, merger, fusing, blending, meshing, homogenization, homogenizing, coalescing, assimilation
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