connect-, -connect-

(Latin: to bind; to link together; to tie together; close tightly and jointly)

connect (verb), connects; connected; connecting
1. To join two or more things together: James made an arrangement to connect an access to the phone company so he could communicate with callers.
2. To link to a power or water supply: Mark has arranged to be connected to the electric power company for his newly constructed house.
3. Etymology: from Latin connectere; from con-, "together" + nectere, "to bind".
connect the dots (verb), connected the dots; connecting the dots
To learn or to understand how different things are related: The data about the results of the company's new policies was not known because no one had connected the dots until yesterday.

Connect the dots can be used to illustrate an ability to associate one idea with another one in order to find the "big picture", or important feature, in a mass of data.

connectable (adjective), more connectable, most connectable
Relating to combining two or more things together: Jake had a connectable computer to a dedicated server.

The plumber added new connectable pipes which provided a better flow of water in Henry's home.

connected (adjective), more connected, most connected
A reference to being joined or linked together: The large apartment had several connected rooms for Jim's family to easily go from one to another one.
connecter (s) (noun), connecters (pl)
1. A short highway or road that links two longer routes together: James had to use the connecter between Jackson Street and Rose Avenue in order to get home, because the other streets were under construction.
2. A device which joins two or more objects with each other: The pipe connecters for the drainage system were old and leaking; so, they had to be replaced with new ones.
3. A contrivance which keeps both parts of an electric circuit functioning with each other: Because Jim's new stereo didn’t work, he checked the connecters between the speakers and the amplifier and found out that they were not joined correctly.
connecting rod (s) (noun), connecting rods (pl)
A metal bar that is joined to two or more moving parts in a machine: The connecting rod transmits motion from the piston to the crankshaft in internal-combustion engines where the fuel is burned within the cylinders.
connection (s) (noun), connections (pl)
1. A relationship in which a person, a thing, or an idea is associated with something else: The county plans to improve roads that serve as better connections between major highways.
2. The action of securing one thing with another one: Jane's school will be wiring all classrooms for a connection to the international computer network in order to get information from computers in other educational institutions, online dictionaries, and websites.
3. A situation in which two or more things have the same cause, origin, objective, etc.: Mike maintains that there is a connection between thinking and knowing what is going on.
connectionism (s) (noun), connectionisms (pl)
A theory that thoughts and behavior are based on patterns of stimulus and response which have either been inherited or learned: Connectionism is the hypothesis which indicates that when the brain cells unite, they have an influence on a person’s thinking and his or her behavior.
connective (adjective), more connective, most connective
Referring to something which can be linked or joined together: In the newest novel by J. Finch, connective remarks were used to lead the reader from one chapter to the next one.
connective tissue (s) (noun), connective tissues (pl)
The part of a person or an animal which consists of numerous cells and whose function is to support bodily organs, form ligaments and tendons, and fill spaces between the body parts of a physical structure: There are a number of examples of connective tissues; including bones, tendons, outer layers of the skin, and fatty cells.

One of the important elements of connective tissues involves cartilage which is a rubber-like padding that covers and protects the ends of long bones at the joints, and is a structural component of the rib cage, the ears, the nose, the bronchial tubes, the intervertebral discs, and many other components of the physical system.

connectively (adverb), more connectively, most connectively
Referring to terms that are used to show specific actions of printed elements: Conjunctions (and, because, but, when, etc.) and relative pronouns (that, which, who) are connectively presenting verbal or written contents.
connectivity (s) (noun), connectivities (pl)
1. The capability of things or objects to be linked together: The airline connectivity in Europe enables fast travel between many countries within the continent and other nations.
2: In computing, the proficiency of having computers and related software and systems being compatible and interchangeable with each other: Greg’s laptop, iPhone, and iPad show a great amount of connectivity in that all of his e-mails show up on all three of his electronic devices.
connector (s) (noun), connectors (pl)
A useful social, professional, or commercial relationship: The man who wanted to be elected as the governor of his state had a political connector with people who could increase his chances of winning the election.
disconnect (verb), disconnects; disconnected; disconnecting
1. To interrupt or to sever the link between two objects: Jason disconnected the hose from the faucet in order to use it in another place in his garden.
2. To stop the current flow in an appliance by closing off the source of power: Benjamin disconnected his cell phone from the socket and put it in his pocket before he left home.
disconnected (adjective), more disconnected, most disconnected
1. Regarding something which has been detached or separated: Albert took his disconnected TV to the store to be repaired because it wasn't working.
2. Characterized by unrelated sections or parts: Susan was so upset after the accident that her description of it was quite disconnected, in other words, she told the officers what happened in bits and pieces.