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Borrowed from Latin concatenātiō. Related to chain.


  • IPA(key): /kɑn.ˌkæt.ɪ.ˈneɪ.ʃən/, /kən.ˌkæt.ə.ˈneɪ.ʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


concatenation (countable and uncountable, plural concatenations)

  1. (countable) A series of links united; a series or order of things depending on each other, as if linked together; a chain, a succession.
    • 1927, Albert Einstein, as quoted by H. G. Kessler in The Diary of a Cosmopolitan (1971)
      Try and penetrate with our limited means of the secrets of nature and you will find that, behind all the discernible concatenations, there remains something subtle, intangible and inexplicable.
  2. (uncountable) The application of these series of links.
  3. (programming) The operation of joining multiple character strings.
  4. (programming) A character string formed by joining multiple character strings.


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