Definition of connection in English:


(British connexion)


  • 1A relationship in which a person, thing, or idea is linked or associated with something else.

    ‘the connections between social attitudes and productivity’
    ‘sufferers deny that their problems have any connection with drugs’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is only in Europe, moreover, that the connections between modernization and secularization are relatively strong.’
    • ‘Finally, how do the lay employees of a religious institution view its connection with the sponsoring denomination or religious order?’
    • ‘The quality of your life has a strong connection with how healthy your relationship with other people is.’
    • ‘First, there are nodes and connections between them, called links.’
    • ‘He wanted them to think about relationships and connections between everyday objects and sculptures, paintings, and architecture.’
    • ‘‘Things’ are placed within the environments, and the viewer has to make the connections between the things, the illness and reality.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In parallel plotlines, the film follows their two lives - their friends, their girlfriends, their connection with art.’
    • ‘The relationships, the connections between the elements, are of meaning in quantum mechanics.’
    • ‘It is necessary to think of the connections between technology and social relations - including any organizational structures - as a set of relationships.’
    • ‘Multiplicity is also more easily associated with hybridity and assemblages - but still concerned with connections between singularities.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The connections between items correlates with brain research that emphasizes connection-building to increase learning.’
    • ‘The unifying link was that all of the artists had a connection with a small Quebec village called Saint-Juste-du-Lac.’
    • ‘To examine these relationships systematically, I have identified five types of connections between musicians and others.’
    • ‘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.’
    link, relationship, relation, relatedness, interrelation, interrelatedness, interconnection, interdependence, association, attachment, bond, tie, tie-in, correspondence, parallel, analogy
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    1. 1.1The action of linking one thing with another.
      ‘connection to the Internet’
      • ‘This external communications interface may comprise applications and hardware for connection of the computer to either or both a computer network or the internet.’
      • ‘Subsequent connection to the computer after installation is also tricky.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A network interface for connection of the computer system to a network can also be connected to packet switch bank 101.’
      • ‘They also include a slot for a network card for connection to your home computer network.’
      • ‘Via USB connection to a host computer, it allows control of virtually every mixer parameter from your computer.’
    2. 1.2The placing of parts of an electric circuit in contact so that a current may flow.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The terminal connector has at least a contact terminal for circuit connection on the circuit substrate.’
      • ‘A circuit switch model for determining switch and network transit delays for circuit connection set-up was developed.’
      • ‘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.’
    3. 1.3A link between pipes or electrical components.
      ‘it is important to ensure that all connections between the wires are properly made’
      • ‘They get their electricity from illegal connections and their water source is a broken pipe.’
      • ‘Before working with wires or electrical connections, check them with a voltage tester to be sure they are dead.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They are tasked with four basic objects - get a water connection, an electricity connection, a building certificate and a ration card.’
      • ‘The second output port is connected by a feedback connection to a predetermined dedicated second input port.’
      • ‘A method is described for producing an electrical connection between a plug element and a printed circuit board.’
      • ‘Each power component provides connections between the power lines in the network cable and the ports of the fan-out device.’
      • ‘Where utility pipes, vent pipes, exterior plumbing, and electrical or phone connections enter the house, caulk the separation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 on the connections in the electrical system to ensure everything's in proper working condition.’
      • ‘Flexible links for the fuel system, exhaust and all electrical connections will help to reduce noise and vibration transmission to the building structure.’
      • ‘A plurality of bond wires make an electrical connection of the bond pads with the conductive trace layers.’
      • ‘Wherever there are electrical wires and connections there is the potential for shock and fire hazards.’
      • ‘The bump array is configured to provide electrical connections to all possible integrated circuit contact patterns in the design set of integrated circuits.’
      • ‘Moments later, the power-lines lost their connections with the other power-lines, and the electricity ceased to exist.’
      • ‘Pulses from the weapon penetrate enemy bunkers through ventilation shafts and antennae, short-circuiting electrical connections and wrecking microchips.’
      • ‘The rectangular manifolds checked out, as she probed the divide that beautifully separated the two evenly, checking the wire housing and electrical connections.’
      • ‘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.’
      attachment, joint, fastening, coupling
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    4. 1.4A 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. 1.5An arrangement or opportunity for catching a connecting train, bus, aircraft, etc.
      ‘ferry connections are sporadic in the off season’
      • ‘The subway stopped and she gathered up her school bag, following Zara to the platform where they would catch their train connection.’
      • ‘Amazingly, Scotland currently has no direct ferry connections to Europe.’
      • ‘Rather than let his guests wait for bus connections, he arranged for cabs for the group.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our staff do an excellent job of making sure passengers make their train connections.’
      • ‘These two are on the westerly island of Ouessant, which has a ferry connection from Le Conquet.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is expected that film fans from neighbouring islands will take advantage of improved ferry connections to use the new facility.’
      • ‘Bus transfers will ferry people between Heuston and parts of Co Kildare for onward train connections.’
      • ‘Only mandatory train connections were running.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It showed they could make a bus connection to the night train through to London.’
      • ‘A train connection will transfer her to Moutiers, where a bus will bring her to Pralognan.’
      • ‘On July 10, the tour begins with a flight from Dublin to Vienna, followed by a train connection to Passau to collect hired bikes.’
      • ‘That is very important if you have to go to work or have onward train connections.’
      • ‘What of the passengers who were held out in the wilderness and who missed their flights to London and their train and bus connections?’
      • ‘He says the increase in Australian visitors is due mainly to better airfares and more convenient aircraft connections in and out of Auckland.’
      • ‘Newbury has better train connections, and also a straight mile for races such as the Royal Hunt Cup and Queen Anne Stakes.’
      • ‘Despite these new train services, the bus connections from Menston station to Otley have not been added to the timetable, stranding passengers at Menston.’
      • ‘Hull and Immingham have ferry connections with northern Europe, through which many containers are brought in on trailers.’
    6. 1.6A connecting train, bus, etc.
      ‘we had to wait for our connection to Frankfurt’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Windermere train station has regular connections from Bolton.’
      • ‘It is cold and I am wasting time sitting at the bus station, waiting for my damn connection.’
      • ‘We wanted to get good seats on this train before the mainline connection from New York arrived.’
      • ‘The price will depend on the fixed time of travel, connections with other trains, the quality of service, as well as other factors.’
      • ‘Hong Kong, by contrast, offers connections to 131 international destinations but only 42 mainland cities.’
      • ‘So, the French spy searched for the English spy on every train arriving with connections from the continent.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Airline will commence daily flights into Bangalore from/to Seattle on October 31 offering direct connections via Amsterdam.’
      • ‘It also offers earlier connections to the Galway, Limerick, Cork, Tralee, Killarney, Letterkenny and Derry bus services.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was trying to make a connection from one train to another to stay in a certain hostile.’
      • ‘So, whenever I was outside, between connections or waiting for a bus, I set about venting gas.’
      • ‘I stayed on the train past my connection and ended up at the south-western cemetery steps only a few minutes later.’
    7. 1.7People 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 with the music industry’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Through the committee's connections they were able to find performers of a high standard who offered their services for a minimal fee.’
      • ‘First, they contacted an architect through social connections to redesign the park.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Through his connections with influential figures in the media, he was able to elicit favorable press for his clients.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was fortunate enough, through connections, to be able to land a nice job, nice salary, nice benefits, etc.’
      • ‘They had influence, power and connections… they wanted to be useful in some way.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Now suppose that societal discrimination (including housing discrimination) influences social connections.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Building local social connections and informal support is fundamental to preventing child abuse and neglect and to building resilience in children and vulnerable families.’
      • ‘‘Prison wardens and other prisoners feared him because of his family connections and influence,’ he said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One becomes a government bureaucrat or politician and rises through the ranks by developing influential connections and getting help from personal networks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      contact, friend, acquaintance, ally, colleague, associate, sponsor
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  • 2North American informal A supplier of narcotics.

    ‘she introduced Jean to a number of her male drug connections’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 2.1A 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.

    • ‘This Connection became the first ‘denomination’ to officially adopt an article of religion on sanctification.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This led to the formation of the Wesleyan Methodist Connection in 1843 as a separate denomination.’


  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It was not the first time that his name had been mentioned in connection with another team.’
      • ‘One man was questioned in connection with the incident, but was later released on bail.’
      • ‘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.’
      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
      in re
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  • in this (or that) connection

    • With reference to this (or that)

      ‘of value in this connection was the work done by the state police’
      • ‘Five people have been arrested in this connection.’
      • ‘The high rate of domestic ownership of pianos in nineteenth century Australia is a significant datum in this connection.’
      • ‘Public lectures, exhibits, school programs, and competitions are among the activities being organised in this connection.’
      • ‘The police has registered a case in this connection.’
      • ‘The instance of the electric light may prove illuminating in this connection.’
      • ‘I have had over 200 papers published in the academic journals reporting research in that connection.’
      • ‘Finally, and in that connection, the best bloggers will gain access to other vehicles through which to present more analytical pieces.’
      • ‘Our view is that whatever changes are to be made in that connection should be made on a peaceful basis by both countries.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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.