Definition of nexus in US English:


nounPlural nexuses

  • 1A connection or series of connections linking two or more things.

    ‘the nexus between industry and political power’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Along with examining the major political issues of the day, his new column will focus on the increasingly controversial nexus between business and politics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the mid- 1990s it was recognized by all parties concerned that no tight strategic nexus would exist between Russia and the Central Asian republics.’
    • ‘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.’
    join, junction, juncture, intersection, link, linkage, connection
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    1. 1.1 A connected group or series.
      ‘a nexus of ideas’
      • ‘These designs are in my view extremely consistent in seeking and developing a particular nexus of ideas.’
      • ‘That period of artistic production is well known for its connection to a nexus of ideas about national identity, inherent African creativity, and state patronage of the arts.’
      • ‘This nexus of problems has suddenly come into focus for me.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The new economy, in short rests strongly on the old, with many start-up firms acting as suppliers or niche competitors in a nexus around the older, larger, central firms.’
      series, sequence, succession
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    2. 1.2 The central and most important point or place.
      ‘the nexus of all this activity was the disco’
      • ‘The question is: should France be promoting its own artists, as Quemin wished, or should Paris be an international nexus, as the Fondation Cartier and the Centre Pompidou practise?’
      • ‘As a result, the nexus of America's dairy industry is shifting to such places as New Mexico and Idaho with cheap land and fewer people to complain about the smells wafting from a 5,000-cow dairy farm.’
      • ‘London would be the nerve centre of the new Empire, a 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.’
      • ‘It had rivulets of pattern and color emerging from a central nexus.’


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