Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See connection.

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

  • noun Connection. See connection.

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  • noun Archaic spelling of connection.

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

  • noun the act of bringing two things into contact (especially for communication)
  • noun an instrumentality that connects
  • noun a relation between things or events (as in the case of one causing the other or sharing features with it)
  • noun a connecting shape
  • noun the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
  • noun shifting from one form of transportation to another

Etymologies

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From Old French connexion, from Latin connexio ("a conclusion, binding together"), from connectō, an alternative spelling of cōnectō ("I bind together"), from compound of co- ("together") and nectō ("I bind")

Examples

  • Each individual commodity, in this connexion, is to be considered as an average sample of its class.

    skzbrust: Capital Volume 1 Part 1 Chapter 1 Section 1 Post 5

  • Each individual commodity, in this connexion, is to be considered as an average sample of its class.

    A Bland and Deadly Courtesy

  • BALLARD: I believe a little of it rubbed off there, too, at least they still talk of a New Wave over there even now, in connexion with authors like Harlan Ellison or Roger Zelazny.

    Ballardian » ‘Der Visionär des Phantastischen’: An Interview with J.G. Ballard

  • The very wording of the title points straight to the picaresque, and the connexion is perhaps most strongly in evidence in this novel.

    Nobel Prize in Literature 1976 - Presentation Speech

  • In the two short years before the outbreak of the first World War he was able with a team of collaborators to round off his investigations into chlorophyll and, in connexion with that, to complete some work on haemoglobin and, in rapid succession, to carry out his studies of anthocyanes, the colouring matter of flowers and fruits.

    Richard Willstätter - Biography

  • I HAVE not yet read more than a newspaper paragraph about Nu Speling, in connexion with which somebody is introducing a Bill in Parliament, but if it is like most other schemes for rationalizing our spelling, I am against it in advance, as I imagine most people will be.

    As I Please

  • She did not wish even to think about it, and least of all in connexion with that matter.

    The Mother

  • Horses he only mentioned in connexion with racing, and when Mr. Linton inquired mildly if he were fond of dances, he was met by raised eyebrows and a bored disclaimer of caring to do anything so energetic.

    Mates at Billabong

  • Whereat nurse smiled demurely, knowing that that was the last thing to be afraid of in connexion with her child.

    A Little Bush Maid

  • There was not one who could not relate some act of mutual kindness and reciprocity of feeling in connexion with the many memorable events in which they had taken part.

    The Autobiography of Liuetenant-General Sir Harry Smith, Baronet of Aliwal on the Sutlej, G. C. B.

Comments

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  • I use this in preference to connection. It is so much sexier :)

    June 4, 2008

  • This is the etymological spelling and was usual in BrE until the mid 20th century. The analogical spelling 'connection' arose in the early 18th century and was preferred by Webster. It is now very much a minority spelling.

    August 15, 2008

  • Used best with 'prodigious', as in 'the prodigious connexion between x and y demonstrates...'

    August 15, 2008

  • "It the present perfect always implies a strong connexion with the present and is chiefly used in conversations, letters, newspapers, and wireless reports." -- Thomson & Martinet, A Practical English Grammar (fifth impression, 1972)

    See also Oxford comma.

    October 8, 2008

  • Always makes me think of Jane Austen.

    October 13, 2008

  • "The Enigma I will not explain – its ‘dark saying’ must be left unguessed, and I warn you that the connexion between the Variations and the Theme is often of the slightest texture; further, through and over the whole set another and larger theme ’goes’, but is not played…"

    Edward Elgar in the program note for the first performance of the Enigma Variations

    October 13, 2008