nexus

noun
nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses\ ˈnek-​sə-​səz How to pronounce nexuses (audio) \ or nexus\ ˈnek-​səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) , -​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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Twenty-first-century social media platforms and 20th century entertainment industries simply capitalized on a much older phenomenon spawned by a nexus of popular journalism, commercial photography and newly rapid forms of travel. Sharon Marcus, Time, "Even the Internet Hasn’t Really Changed How Being Famous Works. Here’s Why," 25 June 2019 To the left of the lounge is the Saarinen Wing and, to the right, the Hughes Wing, recognizing Hughes’ role as president of TWA and as the nexus between the entertainment capitals of Hollywood and New York. Kathryn B. Creedy, latimes.com, "TWA Hotel at JFK airport feels straight out of the '60s," 23 June 2019 The crucial nexus between liberty and law is severed. Daniel J. Mahoney, National Review, "Democracy’s Moral Foundations: Recovering Our ‘Constitution in Full’," 20 June 2019 The photos from his weeks spent at the show depict a captivating nexus of art and commerce, where geology nerds and luxury shoppers mingle. Johnny Simon, Quartz, "Photos: Inside a kaleidoscope of beauty and money at America’s biggest gem show," 6 June 2019 The corner has proved problematic for years, frustrating local residents and employees as a nexus of narcotics sales and gang violence and prompting a Dallas Morning News story in 2015. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Dozens gather to remember 13-year-old slain in Pleasant Grove as Dallas' violent crime surge continues," 5 June 2019 Brickell City Centre, a mixed-use complex of luxury condos, office buildings, hotel and shopping center, is expected to transform Brickell to a work and live, shop and dine nexus. Connie Ogle, miamiherald, "National Geographic says this Miami neighborhood is one of the friendliest in the country. Seriously.," 4 June 2019 That makes companies like Amazon, who are at a key nexus in the supply chain, a huge lever for positive change. Benjamin Romano, The Seattle Times, "Employees are pressuring Amazon to become a leader on climate. Here’s how that could work.," 18 May 2019 With their very millennial digital fluency and unique celebrity nexus between the worlds of fashion and music, the similarity between the Ferragnez and Kimye—the ne plus ultra of social media power couples—has not been lost on them. Alison S. Cohn, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chiara Ferragni's Secret to Winning on Social Media," 18 Apr. 2019

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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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nexus

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nexus

formal : a relationship or connection between people or things

nexus

noun
nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses\ -​sə-​səz How to pronounce nexuses (audio) \ or nexus\ -​səs, -​ˌsüs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \

Medical Definition of nexus

1 : a connection or link
2 : a connected group or series

nexus

noun
nex·​us | \ ˈnek-səs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \
plural nexuses or nexus\ -​səs, -​ˌsüs How to pronounce nexus (audio) \

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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