con·​cat·​e·​na·​tion | \ (ˌ)kän-ˌka-tə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce concatenation (audio) , kən-\
plural concatenations

Definition of concatenation

1 : 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
2 : 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

First Known Use of concatenation

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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English Language Learners Definition of concatenation

formal : a group of things linked together in a series

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