I'm looking for a word that describes the invisible connection between seeming unconnected things. Like the area below the surface connecting an island chain, but that could potentially relate to people/ relationships as well. The closest things I've thought of is entanglement.

ie. a single work for degrees of separation

looking for something with more of a pulse than tie or bond. Like synapse, but not just for nerves.

Sentence: Everyone in the room was working independently, but could feel each other's humanity through _____.

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    Hi Sid, welcome to EL&U StackExchange! It would be really helpful if you could provide at least one, but preferably several, complete sentences where you might use this word, together with any necessary context. – linguisticturn Oct 31 '18 at 2:57
  • You could finish your sentence with a shared intake of breath. You island examples could be connected by a pathway of broken waves, suggestive of the reef that lies beneath them. Personally, I think you might get more milage from a specific and concrete description of what the hidden link causes on the surface. – Global Charm Nov 1 '18 at 4:53


The simultaneous occurrence of events which appear significantly related but have no discernible causal connection.


As the show progresses, one starts to get the feeling the lightning is happening in synchronicity with the music.


something that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together.

Look it up here if you wish


a tie Cambridge Dictionary


a connection or relationship between people, or a connection a person has with a place, interest, activity

As in:

Unlikely ties brought these peoples together.


This one is specific to people (though not a single word): dotted line


dotted line


2 An indirect, informal, or secondary line of responsibility within an organization (as represented by a dotted line on an organizational chart)

‘I report to Hal Jones, our CFO, with a dotted line to the audit committee’


How about interconnectedness? From Lexico:

interconnectedness: The state of being connected with each other, e.g., ‘the interconnectedness of all things in the universe’, ‘a growing awareness of our global interconnectedness’

Your examples:

Looking below the surface exposes the interconnectedness of otherwise seemingly isolated islands.

A single word for degrees of separation: interconnectedness.

Everyone in the room was working independently, but could feel each other's humanity through their interconnectedness.

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