affine connection

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affine connection

[ə′fīn kə′nek·shən]
(mathematics)
A structure on an n-dimensional space that, for any pair of neighboring points P and Q, specifies a rule whereby a definite vector at Q is associated with each vector at P ; the two vectors are said to be parallel.