Pronunciation: (ku-nek'shun), [key]
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, connections. 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. Slang.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, connections. 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. Also, Brit.,connexion.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.