(1)   The act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)
"The joining of hands around the table"
"There was a connection via the internet"
(2)   Shifting from one form of transportation to another
"The plane was late and he missed his connection in Atlanta"
(3)   An instrumentality that connects
"He soldered the connection"
"He didn't have the right connector between the amplifier and the speakers"
(4)   The process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
"Conditioning is a form of learning by association"
(5)   A supplier (especially of narcotics)
(6)   (usually plural) a person who is influential and to whom you are connected in some way (as by family or friendship)
"He has powerful connections"
(7)   A relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it)
"There was a connection between eating that pickle and having that nightmare"
(8)   A connecting shape
(9)   The state of being connected
"The connection between church and state is inescapable"


From connexion < connexio "a conclusion, binding together" < connectō, an alternative spelling of cōnectō "I bind together" < compound of co- "together" and nectō "I bind"


  1. The act of connecting.
  2. The point at which two or more things are connected.
  3. A feeling of understanding and ease of communication between two or more people.
  4. An established communications or transportation link.
    I was talking to him, but there was lightning and we lost the connection.
  5. A transfer from one transportation vehicle to another in scheduled transportation service
    The bus was late so he missed his connection at Penn Station and had to wait six hours for the next train.