Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Serving or tending to connect.
  • noun One that connects.
  • noun Grammar A word, such as a conjunction, that connects words, phrases, clauses, and sentences.
  • noun Botany The portion of a stamen that connects the halves of an anther.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Having the power of connecting; serving or tending to connect; connecting.
  • noun That which connects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Connecting, or adapted to connect; involving connection.
  • adjective (Anat.) See Conjunctive tissue, under Conjunctive.
  • noun (Gram.) A word that connect words or sentences; a conjunction or preposition.
  • noun (Bot.) That part of an anther which connects its thecæ, lobes, or cells.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective serving or tending to connect; connecting
  • noun That which connects.
  • noun logic A function that operates on truth values to give another truth value.
  • noun grammar A word used to connect words, clauses and sentences, most commonly applied to conjunctions.
  • noun botany The tissue which connects the locules of an anthers together.
  • noun anatomy, zoology A connective tissue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
  • noun an instrumentality that connects
  • adjective connecting or tending to connect

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

connect +‎ -ive, modeled after French connectif, from New Latin connectivus, from connectō ("I connect"); compare connect, connexive, connectivum, connection.

Examples

  • We see the pattern in what we call the connective categories -- computing, smartphones, flat-screen televisions, digital cameras, and now e-books -- continuing and in fact strengthening.

    Fool.com: The Motley Fool

  • Because of the involvement of connective tissue, SLE is often referred to as a connective tissue disease.

    THE LUPUS HANDBOOK FOR WOMEN

  • Because of the involvement of connective tissue, SLE is often referred to as a connective tissue disease.

    THE LUPUS HANDBOOK FOR WOMEN

  • Because of the involvement of connective tissue, SLE is often referred to as a connective tissue disease.

    THE LUPUS HANDBOOK FOR WOMEN

  • Interestingly, blood is classified as a connective tissue because it connects the digestive and respiratory systems with the other parts of the body.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » IJ’s Bone Marrow Case: History of NOTA

  • People pointed out that I've mainly got a string of vignettes, without much tension or suspense going on, and I think that's what I need to focus on - what Connie calls the connective tissue as well as making that first part carry the reader along rather than forcing them to jump from spot to spot.

    Cat Rambo

  • The old kind -- filled with silicone gel -- were linked to debilitating health problems, so-called connective-tissue diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

    Health: New Year, New Breasts?

  • The old kind -- filled with silicone gel -- were linked with debilitating health problems, so-called connective-tissue disorders, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

    New Year, Brand-New Breasts?

  • The cells are called connective-tissue corpuscles, cartilage cells, and bone corpuscles, according to the tissues in which they occur.

    A Practical Physiology

  • It is called connective tissue, because it connects all the different parts of the body.

    Hygienic Physiology : with Special Reference to the Use of Alcoholic Drinks and Narcotics

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.