Meaning of connection

con•nec•tion

Pronunciation: (ku-nek'shun), [key]
— n.
  1. the act or state of connecting.
  2. the state of being connected: the connection between cause and effect.
  3. anything that connects; connecting part; link; bond: an electrical connection.
  4. association; relationship: the connection between crime and poverty; no connection with any other firm of the same name.
  5. a circle of friends or associates or a member of such a circle.
  6. association with or development of something observed, imagined, discussed, etc.: to make a connection between the smell of smoke and the presence of fire; I have a few thoughts in connection with your last remarks.
  7. contextual relation; context, as of a word.
  8. the meeting of trains, planes, etc., for transfer of passengers: There are good connections between buses in Chicago.
  9. Often,a transfer by a passenger from one conveyance to another: to miss connections.
  10. a specific vehicle, airplane, ship, etc., boarded in making connections: My connection for Hartford is the 10:58.
  11. a relative, esp. by marriage or distant blood relationship.
  12. a person who sells drugs directly to addicts.
  13. a source of supply for goods, material, etc., that is scarce, difficult, or illegal to obtain: a connection to obtain guns and ammunition for the rebels.
  14. a group of persons connected as by political or religious ties.
  15. Usually,associates, relations, acquaintances, or friends, esp. representing or having some influence or power: European connections; good connections in Congress.
  16. a religious denomination: the Methodist connection.
  17. a channel of communication: a bad telephone connection.
  18. sexual intercourse.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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