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 for connection
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Connection \Con*nec"tion\, n. [Cf. Connexion.]
     1. The act of connecting, or the state of being connected;
        the act or process of bringing two things into contact;
        junction; union; as, the connection between church and
        state is inescapable; the connection of pipes of different
        diameters requires an adapter.
     Syn: link, connectedness.
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     2. That which connects or joins together; bond; tie.
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     3. any relationship between things or events; association;
        alliance; as, a causal connection between interest rates
        and stock prices.
     Syn: relation.
                He [Algazel] denied the possibility of a known
                connection between cause and effect. --Whewell.
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                The eternal and inseparable connection between
                virtue and happiness.               --Atterbury.
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                Any sort of connection which is perceived or
                imagined between two or more things. --I. Taylor.
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     4. A relation; esp. a person connected with another by
        marriage rather than by blood; -- used in a loose and
        indefinite, and sometimes a comprehensive, sense.
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     4. The persons or things that are connected; as, a business
        connection; the Methodist connection.
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              Men elevated by powerful connection.  --Motley.
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              At the head of a strong parliamentary connection.
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              Whose names, forces, connections, and characters
              were perfectly known to him.          --Macaulay.
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     5. something that connects other objects.
     Syn: connexion, connector, connecter, connective.
     6. (usually plural) an acquaintance or acquaintances who are
        influential or in a position of power and to whom you are
        connected in some way (as by family or friendship); as, he
        has powerful connections.
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     7. a communications channel; as, my cell phone had a bad
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     8. (Transportation) a vehicle in which one may continue a
        journey after debarking from another vehicle; the
        departing vehicle of a connection[9]; as, my connection
        leaves four hours after my arrival; I missed my
     Note: A connection may be more specifically referred to as a
           connecting flight, a connecting train, etc.
     9. (Transportation) the scheduled arrival of one vehicle and
        departure of a second, sufficiently close in time and
        place to allow the departing vehicle serve as a means of
        continuing a journey begun or continued in the first
        vehicle; as, we can get a connection at Newark to continue
        on to Paris; -- most commonly used of airplanes, trains,
        and buses arriving and departing at the same terminal.
     10. (Transportation) the transfer of a passenger from one
         vehicle to another to continue a journey; as, the
         connection was made in Copenhagen; -- most commonly of
         scheduled transportation on common carriers.
     11. (Commerce) a vendor who can supply desired materials at a
         favorable price, or under conditions when other sources
         are unavailable; as, to get a bargain from one's
         connection in the jewelry trade; to have connections for
         the purchase of marijuana; -- often used in the pl..
     12. (Psychol.) the process of bringing ideas or events
         together in memory or imagination.
     Syn: association, connection, connexion.
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     In this connection, in connection with this subject.
     Note: [A phrase objected to by some writers.]
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     Note: This word was formerly written, as by Milton, with x
           instead of t in the termination, connexion, and the
           same thing is true of the kindred words inflexion,
           reflexion, and the like. But the general usage at
           present is to spell them connection, inflection,
           reflection, etc.
     Syn: Union; coherence; continuity; junction; association;
          dependence; intercourse; commerce; communication;
          affinity; relationship.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: 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" [syn: connection, connexion,
           connectedness] [ant: unconnectedness]
      2: the state of being connected; "the connection between church
         and state is inescapable" [syn: connection, link,
         connectedness] [ant: disconnectedness, disconnection,
         disjunction, disjuncture]
      3: an instrumentality that connects; "he soldered the
         connection"; "he didn't have the right connector between the
         amplifier and the speakers" [syn: connection, connexion,
         connector, connecter, connective]
      4: (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"
      5: the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or
         imagination; "conditioning is a form of learning by
         association" [syn: association, connection, connexion]
      6: a connecting shape [syn: connection, connexion, link]
      7: a supplier (especially of narcotics)
      8: shifting from one form of transportation to another; "the
         plane was late and he missed his connection in Atlanta" [syn:
         connection, connexion]
      9: 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" [syn: joining,
         connection, connexion]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  427 Moby Thesaurus words for "connection":
     ESP, Indian file, abutment, abuttal, access, accord,
     accounting for, acquaintance, act of love, addition, adjacency,
     adjoiningness, adjunct, adultery, affairs, affiliation, affinity,
     agent, agglomeration, agglutination, aggregation, agnation, aisle,
     alley, alliance, ally, ambulatory, ancestry, ankle, answer,
     answerability, aperture, aphrodisia, applicability, application,
     appointment, appositeness, apposition, appropriateness,
     approximation, appulse, arbitrator, arcade, array, arrogation,
     artery, articulation, ascription, ass, assemblage, assignation,
     assignment, association, attachment, attribution, avenue, balling,
     bank, bearing, berth, billet, blame, blood, blood relationship,
     bond, boundary, bracketing, broker, brotherhood, brothership, butt,
     buzz, carnal knowledge, catena, catenation, cervix, chain,
     chain reaction, chaining, channel, charge, church, climax, clinch,
     cloister, closeness, closure, clustering, cognation, cohabitation,
     coherence, coition, coitus, coitus interruptus, colonnade,
     combination, commerce, common ancestry, common descent,
     communication, communion, concatenation, concern, concernment,
     concourse, concurrence, conduit, confluence, congeries,
     conglomeration, congress, conjugation, conjunction, connectedness,
     connecting, connecting link, connecting rod, connection with,
     connections, consanguinity, consecution, consecutiveness,
     consistency, contact, conterminousness, contiguity, continuity,
     continuum, contrariety, convergence, conversation, converse,
     copula, copulation, correlation, correspondence, corridor,
     coterminousness, coupling, course, cousinhood, cousinship,
     covered way, credit, creed, cult, cycle, dealing, dealings,
     deduction, defile, denomination, deputy, derivation from, descent,
     diddling, disjunction, distributor, dovetail, drag, drone, elbow,
     embrace, enation, endless belt, endless round, etiology, exchange,
     exit, faith, family, family connection, fatherhood, ferry, file,
     filiation, ford, fornication, fraternity, friend at court, front,
     front man, gallery, gamut, gathering, germaneness, gliding joint,
     go-between, gradation, hinge, hinged joint, hip, homology, honor,
     hookup, hum, imputation, influence, information, inlet,
     interaction, interagent, interceder, intercessor, interchange,
     intercommunication, intercommunion, intercourse, interest,
     interface, interlinking, intermediary, intermediate,
     intermediate agent, intermediator, intermedium, internuncio,
     interplay, interpleader, interrelationship, intersection,
     intervener, interventor, intimacy, job, jobber, join, joinder,
     joining, joint, jointure, junction, juncture, juxtaposition, kin,
     kindred, kinship, kith and kin, knee, knotting, knuckle, lane,
     liaison, line, lineage, linguistic intercourse, link, linkage,
     linking, lovemaking, making it with, marital affinity,
     marital relations, marriage, marriage act, marriage connection,
     marriage relationship, materiality, maternity, mating,
     matrilineage, matriliny, matrisib, matrocliny, meat, mediary,
     mediator, medium, meeting, merger, merging, message, middleman,
     miter, monotone, mortise, motherhood, mouthpiece,
     mutual attraction, nearness, neck, negotiant, negotiator,
     negotiatress, negotiatrix, nexus, office, ombudsman, onanism,
     opening, orderliness, orgasm, outlet, overpass, ovum, pairing,
     palaetiology, pareunia, partnership, pass, passage, passageway,
     paternity, patrilineage, patriliny, patrisib, patrocliny, pendulum,
     perigee, perihelion, periodicity, persuasion, pertinence, pivot,
     pivot joint, place, placement, plenum, portico, position, post,
     powder train, procreation, progression, propinquity, proximity,
     pull, queue, rabbet, railroad tunnel, range, rank, rapport,
     recurrence, reference, reference to, regard, relatedness, relation,
     relations, relationship, relatives, relevance, reply, respect,
     response, responsibility, reticulation, rotation, round, routine,
     row, run, saddling, scale, scarf, screwing, seam, sect, sequence,
     series, sex, sex act, sexual climax, sexual commerce,
     sexual congress, sexual intercourse, sexual relations,
     sexual union, shoulder, sibship, similarity, single file,
     sisterhood, sistership, situation, sleeping with,
     social intercourse, speaking, spectrum, speech, speech circuit,
     speech situation, sperm, splice, spokesman, spokeswoman, spot,
     stitch, string, succession, suture, swath, symbiosis, sympathy,
     symphysis, syzygy, talking, telepathy, thread, tie, tie rod,
     tie-in, tie-up, tier, ties of blood, togetherness, toggle,
     toggle joint, touch, traffic, train, traject, trajet, truck,
     tunnel, two-way communication, underpass, unification, union,
     uniting, venery, weld, wholesaler, windrow, wrist, yoking

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