con·​cat·​e·​na·​tion (ˌ)kän-ˌka-tə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce concatenation (audio)
plural concatenations
: a group of things linked together or occurring together in a way that produces a particular result or effect
an unusual concatenation of circumstances
George McGovern was the beneficiary, in 1972, of a unique concatenation of party reform and political accident.Garry Wills
All the present activity has been made possible by a concatenation of relevant technologies.Peter Gwynne
The coast is a concatenation of steep and high headlands dropping to beaches strewn with stone from boulders to pebbles …William Least Heat-Moon
: the act of concatenating things or the state of being concatenated : union in a linked series
Mannering by this time was aware that one thought linked strangely on to another in the concatenation of worthy Mr. Bertram's ideas.Walter Scott

Examples of concatenation in a Sentence

a complicated concatenation of events leading to the freak accident
Recent Examples on the Web Browse Newsletters Unfortunately, this concatenation of errors is part of a pattern. Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic, 21 Jan. 2024 It is presented as a curious concatenation of summits and negotiations, alliances and clients, spies and border posts, ideological dogmas and underground resistance, and a combination of arcane theories about deterrence and some nasty actual wars. Foreign Affairs, 1 Mar. 2010 Seeded within that plausible sadness and loneliness and horror and hopelessness is the story of the strange concatenation of events that produced the moment when McCrae found his path to poetry, first as anchor to life and then as avenue to himself. Wyatt Mason, New York Times, 27 July 2023 The questionable nature of his death provokes a swirl of memories related to the captain and his possibly unfaithful wife, Corinne (for Georges an object of erotic obsession), but the concatenation of scenes is not investigative so much as intuitive. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 29 July 2022 What follows is an overlong concatenation of OK set pieces featuring oodles of predictable globe-hopping derring-do. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 June 2023 This concatenation of adverse events has prompted comparisons to the nineteen-seventies, when an oil-price shock combined with domestic price pressures led to stagflation and recession. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Most computer voice programs use a library of syllables and words to construct sentences, something called concatenation synthesis. Nathaniel Scharping, Discover Magazine, 8 Jan. 2018 And nothing helps like the astonishing concatenation of DOJ-FBI inquiries bearing the public ceaselessly back to the battlements of yesteryear however much voters might wish to move on from the bizarre, technicolor fights of the Trump era. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, 16 Aug. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of concatenation was in 1603

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“Concatenation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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