nex·​us | \ˈnek-səs \
plural nexuses\ˈnek-​sə-​səz \ or nexus\ˈnek-​səs, -​ˌsüs \

Definition of nexus 

1 : connection, link the nexus between teachers and students also : a causal link the nexus between poverty and crime

2 : a connected group or series a nexus of theories a nexus of relationships

3 : center, focus The bookstore has become something of a nexus for the downtown neighborhood.— Jane Smiley

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Examples of nexus in a Sentence

the oft-repeated claim that any person on the planet can be connected to any other person through a nexus of six relationships as the nexus for three great religions, Jerusalem has had a troubled as well as illustrious history

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Roughly 64,000 homes—including 12,000 in Miami Beach, a nexus of real estate investment—will face chronic flooding. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Climate change and the coming coastal real estate crash," 16 Oct. 2018 Rupert Sanders, Johansson’s director on last year’s Ghost in the Shell — itself the nexus of a casting controversy — is still attached to direct the film. Karen Han, Vox, "Scarlett Johansson backs out of playing a transgender man after backlash," 13 July 2018 Nearly 100 years after the Harlem renaissance, the thoroughfare is still considered a historic nexus of black New York and the theater one of the most renowned places in the world for black performers. Jazmine Hughes, New York Times, "How ‘Desus & Mero’ Conquered Late Night," 18 June 2018 Jacobson makes this the nexus of a wide-ranging tale that pulls together events in L.A. history, some of which occurred at the baths, others not. Daryl H. Miller,, "'The Ballad of Bimini Baths' plunges into L.A. history," 15 June 2018 Get our daily newsletter Mr Robinson’s arrest fed into a wider narrative about Britain put forward by a nexus of far-right websites and politicians in America and Europe. The Economist, "Tommy Robinson’s sentence shows how hate has gone global," 31 May 2018 And 14 days after that, Bolton was named to the position Henry Kissinger first made a nexus of power and influence in the Executive Branch. W.j. Hennigan, Time, "John Bolton Is Trump's Newest Hawk. How Tough Will He Be?," 29 Mar. 2018 David Bixenspan, for Deadspin, examines the nexus of journalism and pro wrestling. Richard Deitsch,, "Media Circus: Mike Tirico Reflects on First NBC Olympics Hosting Experience," 25 Feb. 2018 Effectively, Dropbox wants to become a nexus for all sorts of different apps and services that all revolve around file management. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Dropbox’s new software extensions let you easily edit files on the web," 6 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of nexus

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nexus

Latin, from nectere to bind

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English Language Learners Definition of nexus

: a relationship or connection between people or things


nex·​us | \ˈnek-səs \
plural nexuses\-​sə-​səz \ or nexus\-​səs, -​ˌsüs \

Medical Definition of nexus 

1 : a connection or link

2 : a connected group or series


nex·​us | \ˈnek-səs \
plural nexuses or nexus\-​səs, -​ˌsüs \

Legal Definition of nexus 

: a connection or link between things, persons, or events especially that is or is part of a chain of causation

History and Etymology for nexus

Latin, bond, tie, from nectere to bind

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