from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A means of connection; a link or tie: "this nexus between New York's . . . real-estate investors and its . . . politicians” ( Wall Street Journal).
  • n. A connected series or group.
  • n. The core or center: "The real nexus of the money culture [was] Wall Street” ( Bill Barol).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a form of connection
  • n. a connected group
  • n. the centre of something

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Connection; tie.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Tie; connection; interdependence existing between the several members or individuals of a series or group.
  • n. In medieval music, melodic motion by skips.
  • n. In Roman law:
  • n. A free-born person who had contracted the obligation called nexum, and thus became liable to be seized by his creditor if he failed to pay, and to be compelled to serve him until the debt was discharged.
  • n. The bond or obligation by which such a person was held.

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

  • n. a connected series or group
  • n. the means of connection between things linked in series


Latin, from past participle of nectere, to bind; see ned- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin nexus ("the act of binding together; bond"), from nectō ("bind"). (Wiktionary)



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