connector

[kuh-nek-ter]
noun
1.
a person or thing that connects.
2.
any of various devices for connecting one object to another.
3.
(formerly) a person who couples railroad cars.
Also, connecter.


Origin:
1785–95; connect + -or2

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connect (kəˈnɛkt)
 
vb
1.  to link or be linked together; join; fasten
2.  (tr) to relate or associate: I connect him with my childhood
3.  (tr) to establish telephone communications with or between
4.  (intr) to be meaningful or meaningfully related
5.  (intr) (of two public vehicles, such as trains or buses) to have the arrival of one timed to occur just before the departure of the other, for the convenient transfer of passengers
6.  informal (intr) to hit, punch, kick, etc, solidly
7.  informal (US), (Canadian) (intr) to be successful
8.  slang (intr) to find a source of drugs, esp illegal drugs
 
[C17: from Latin connectere to bind together, from nectere to bind, tie]
 
con'nectible
 
adj
 
con'nectable
 
adj
 
con'nector
 
n
 
con'necter
 
n

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connector
1795, "tube for connecting other materials, agent noun (on L. model) from connect and usefully distinct from connecter.
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Example sentences
So manufacturers would have to agree on a standard communications protocol and
  a universal connector to join the hardware.
The secondary connector acts as a second power source.
Start by plugging in the connector that is attached to the thicker cable.
Additionally even the correct cable, and every connector used, attenuates the
  power of the signal not inconsiderably.
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