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Thursday, August 03, 2006

concatenation

\kon-kat-uh-NAY-shuhn; kuhn-\ , noun;
1.
A series of links united; a series or order of things depending on each other, as if linked together; a chain, a succession.
Quotes:
But at this stage the accident appears to have been just that, a dreadful concatenation of random events.
-- "Dreadfully random", The Guardian, March 1, 2001
She invested a variety of significances in the word "there," a concatenation of linked associations with space, time, and place too.
-- Nuruddin Farah, Secrets
To most people the point she plays most brilliantly is the episode, which in the novel is merely one of the links in the concatenation of the plot, but in the short story is the form and substance, the very thing itself.
-- Henry Dwight Sedgwick, "The Novels of Mrs. Wharton", The Atlantic, August 1906
The process of fossilization and discovery is a concatenation of chance built upon chance. It's amazing that anything ever becomes a fossil at all.
-- Henry Gee, In Search of Deep Time
Origin:
Concatenation is from Late Latin concatenatio, from concatenare, "to chain together," from Latin con-, "with, together" + catena, "a chain, a series."
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