Hypertext Webster Gateway: "connection"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Cascade system \Cascade system\ (Elec.)
A system or method of connecting and operating two induction
motors so that the primary circuit of one is connected to the
secondary circuit of the other, the primary circuit of the
latter being connected to the source of supply; also, a
system of electric traction in which motors so connected are
employed. The cascade system is also called

{tandem, or concatenated}, {system}; the connection a

{cascade, tandem, or concatenated}, {connection}, or

{a concatenation}; and the control of the motors so obtained

{tandem, or concatenation}, {control}.

Note: In the cascade system of traction the cascade
connection is used for starting and for low speeds up
to half speed. For full speed the short-circuited motor
is cut loose from the other motor and is either left
idle or (commonly) connected direct to the line.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Connection \Con*nec"tion\, n. [Cf. {Connexion}.]
1. The act of connecting, or the state of being connected;
junction; union; alliance; relationship.

He [Algazel] denied the possibility of a known
connection between cause and effect. --Whewell.

The eternal and inserable connection between virtue
and hapiness. --Atterbury.

2. That which connects or joins together; bond; tie.

Any sort of connection which is perceived or
imagined between two or more things. --I. Taylor.

3. 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.

4. The persons or things that are connected; as, a business
connection; the Methodist connection.

Men elevated by powerful connection. --Motley.

At the head of a strong parliamentary connection.

Whose names, forces, connections, and characters
were perfectly known to him. --Macaulay.

{In this connection}, in connection with this subject.

Note: [A phrase objected to by some writers.]

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.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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: {connexion}, {connectedness}]
[ant: {unconnectedness}]
2: the state of being connected; "the connection between church
and state is inescapable" [syn: {link}, {connectedness}]
[ant: {disjunction}]
3: an instrumentality that connects; "he soldered the
connection"; "he didn't have the right connector between
the amplifier and the speakers" [syn: {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}, {connexion}]
6: a connecting shape [syn: {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: {connexion}]
9: the act of bringing two things into contact; "the joining of
hands around the table" [syn: {joining}, {connexion}]

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