(Con*nex") v. t. [L. connexus, p. p. See Connect.] To connect. Sir M. Hale.
(Con*nex"ion) n. [L. connexio: cf. F. connexion.] Connection. See Connection.
(Con*nex"ive) a. See Connective.
(Con"ning tow"er) n. The shot-proof pilot house of a war vessel.
(Con*niv"ance) n. [Cf. F. connivence, L. conniventia.]
1. Intentional failure or forbearance to discover a fault or wrongdoing; voluntary oversight; passive consent
2. (Law) Corrupt or guilty assent to wrongdoing, not involving actual participation in, but knowledge of,
and failure to prevent or oppose it.
Syn. See Collusion.
(Con*nive") v. i. [imp. & p. p. Connived (- nivd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Conniving.] [L. connivere
to shut the eyes, connive, fr. con- + (perh.) a word akin to nicere to beckon, nictare to wink.]
1. To open and close the eyes rapidly; to wink. [Obs.]
The artist is to teach them how to nod judiciously, and to connive with either eye.
2. To close the eyes upon a fault; to wink (at); to fail or forbear by intention to discover an act; to permit a
proceeding, as if not aware of it; usually followed by at.
To connive at what it does not approve.
In many of these, the directors were heartily concurring; in most of them, they were encouraging, and
sometimes commanding; in all they were conniving.
The government thought it expedient, occasionally, to connive at the violation of this rule.
(Con*nive"), v. t. To shut the eyes to; to overlook; to pretend not to see. [R. & Obs.] "Divorces
were not connived only, but with eye open allowed." Milton.
(Con*niv"en*cy) n. Connivance. [Obs.]
(Con*niv"ent) a. [L. connivens, p. pr.]
1. Forbearing to see; designedly inattentive; as, connivent justice. [R.] Milton.
2. (Biol.) Brought close together; arched inward so that the points meet; converging; in close contact; as,
the connivent petals of a flower, wings of an insect, or folds of membrane in the human system, etc.
(Con*niv"er) n. One who connives.
(Con`nois*seur") n. [F. connaisseur, formerly connoisseur, fr. connaître to know, fr. L.
cognoscere to become acquainted with; co- + noscere, gnoscere, to learn to know. See Know, amd
cf. Cognizor.] One well versed in any subject; a skillful or knowing person; a critical judge of any art,
particulary of one of the fine arts.
The connoisseur is "one who knows," as opposed to the dilettant, who only "thinks he knows."
(Con`nois*seur"ship) n. State of being a connoisseur.