Concatenation refers to a series of things — ideas, events, animals — that are somehow interconnected, individual parts that are linked to form a single unit, like the links in a chain.

  • Pronunciation: /kən'kætə'neʃən/
  • English description: the act of linking together as in a series or chain
  • Synonyms: connection
  • Chinese Translation: 串联(chuan4 lian2)
  • Spanish Translation: concatenación
  • ORIGIN: If you think about a chain, you can imagine the individual links — they move separately, yet are linked so they always move together as well. This aptly describes concatenation, the state of several things being bound together. We can see the meaning from the word's source, the Latin concatēnāre. It comes from catēnāre, "to make a chain, to link," which itself comes from catena, "a chain." Add the prefix con-, meaning "together," and we get the meaning "to link together."


  • But their concatenation does warrant reflection on some common lessons for financial policymakers and their political masters.
  • The concatenation of objects and sounds lends the show some of the raucous energy of the place itself.

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