conjunction

"Conjunction Junction, what's your function? Hooking up words and phrases and clauses." These lyrics from Schoolhouse Rock sum it up: a conjunction is all about joining things together.

The words and, but, and or are conjunctions, linking words and phrases together to form sentences. Other kinds of conjunctions bring groups together, such as organizations working in conjunction to present a big event; or bring objects together, like a conjunction in a house's plumbing system where pipes meet. Conjunction could also mean things happening at the same time, such as free Schoolhouse Rock screenings that are presented in conjunction with a National Grammar Day celebration.

Definitions of conjunction
  1. noun
    the state of being joined together
    synonyms: colligation, conjugation, junction
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    anastomosis, inosculation
    a natural or surgical joining of parts or branches of tubular structures so as to make or become continuous
    synapse
    the junction between two neurons (axon-to-dendrite) or between a neuron and a muscle
    myoneural junction, neuromuscular junction
    the junction between a nerve fiber and the muscle it supplies
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    unification, union
    the state of being joined or united or linked
  2. noun
    something that joins or connects
    synonyms: junction
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    contact, tangency
    (electronics) a junction where things (as two electrical conductors) touch or are in physical contact
    joint
    junction by which parts or objects are joined together
    barrier strip, junction barrier
    a junction unit for connecting 2 cables without the need for plugs
    splice, splicing
    a junction where two things (as paper or film or magnetic tape) have been joined together
    thermojunction
    a junction between two dissimilar metals across which a voltage appears
    ball-and-socket joint
    a joint that can rotate within a socket
    butt, butt joint
    a joint made by fastening ends together without overlapping
    breaker point, distributor point, point
    a contact in the distributor; as the rotor turns its projecting arm contacts them and current flows to the spark plugs
    electrical contact
    contact that allows current to pass from one conductor to another
    flexible joint, hinge
    a joint that holds two parts together so that one can swing relative to the other
    hinge joint, knuckle joint
    a joint allowing movement in one plane only
    lap joint, splice
    joint made by overlapping two ends and joining them together
    miter, miter joint, mitre, mitre joint
    joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
    mortise joint, mortise-and-tenon joint
    a joint made by inserting tenon on one piece into mortise holes in the other
    p-n junction
    the junction between a p-type semiconductor and an n-type semiconductor
    rabbet joint
    a joint formed by fitting together two rabbeted boards
    scarf, scarf joint
    a joint made by notching the ends of two pieces of timber or metal so that they will lock together end-to-end
    seam
    joint consisting of a line formed by joining two pieces
    short, short circuit
    accidental contact between two points in an electric circuit that have a potential difference
    sound bow
    contact (the part of a bell) against which the clapper strikes
    pole, terminal
    a contact on an electrical device (such as a battery) at which electric current enters or leaves
    toggle joint
    a joint made by two arms attached by a pivot; used to apply pressure at the two ends by straightening the joint
    tread
    the part (as of a wheel or shoe) that makes contact with the ground
    weld
    a metal joint formed by softening with heat and fusing or hammering together
    contact arm, wiper, wiper arm
    contact consisting of a conducting arm that rotates over a series of fixed contacts and comes to rest on an outlet
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    connecter, connection, connective, connector, connexion
    an instrumentality that connects
  3. noun
    an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
    synonyms: conjunctive, connective, continuative
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    coordinating conjunction
    a conjunction (like `and' or `or') that connects two identically constructed grammatical constituents
    subordinate conjunction, subordinating conjunction
    a conjunction (like `since' or `that' or `who') that introduces a dependent clause
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    closed-class word, function word
    a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
  4. noun
    the grammatical relation between linguistic units (words or phrases or clauses) that are connected by a conjunction
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    coordinating conjunction
    the coordination by conjunction of linguistic units of the same status
    subordinating conjunction
    the subordination that occurs when a conjunction makes one linguistic unit a constituent of another
    copulative conjunction
    the conjunctive relation of units that expresses the addition of their meanings
    disjunctive conjunction
    the conjunctive relation of units that expresses the disjunction of their meanings
    adversative conjunction
    the conjunctive relation of units that expresses the opposition of their meanings
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    grammatical relation
    a linguistic relation established by grammar
  5. noun
    the temporal property of two things happening at the same time
    synonyms: co-occurrence, coincidence, concurrence
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    concomitance
    occurrence or existence together or in connection with one another
    overlap
    the property of partial coincidence in time
    contemporaneity, contemporaneousness
    the quality of belonging to the same period of time
    unison
    occurring together or simultaneously
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    simultaneity, simultaneousness
    happening or existing or done at the same time
  6. noun
    (astronomy) apparent meeting or passing of two or more celestial bodies in the same degree of the zodiac
    synonyms: alignment
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    inferior conjunction
    (astronomy) the alignment of the Earth and a planet on the same side of the sun
    superior conjunction
    (astronomy) the alignment of the Earth and a planet on the opposite side of the sun
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    encounter, meeting
    a casual or unexpected convergence
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