link·​age | \ ˈliŋ-kij \

Definition of linkage

1 : the manner or style of being united: such as
a : the manner in which atoms or radicals are linked in a molecule
2 : the quality or state of being linked especially : the relationship between genes on the same chromosome that causes them to be inherited together — compare mendel's law sense 2
3 : a system of links especially : a system of links or bars which are jointed together and more or less constrained by having a link or links fixed and by means of which straight or nearly straight lines or other point paths may be traced
5 : the tactic in diplomatic negotiations of linking often unrelated issues so that progress in one area is dependent on agreement in another

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Examples of linkage in a Sentence

linkages between population growth and disease the accountants noticed a linkage between the two supposedly independent companies

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Yes, many groups around the world are investigating various complex linkages between the Arctic and weather patterns. Martin Finucane,, "Is this string of storms a harbinger of winters to come?," 22 Mar. 2018 To improve the drain rate, shorten the trip waste linkage by about ¼ inch. Merle Henkenius, Popular Mechanics, "How to Unclog a Bathtub Drain the Right Way," 15 July 2016 The linkage program has raised $40.4 million in housing funds and $9.4 million for job training programs since 2014., "Walsh wants Boston developers to pay more," 13 June 2018 The Kid Runner includes quick-release wheels for easy storage, an adjustable-length, carbon-fiber linkage to dampen shock, and an attachable dog leash. Roy M. Wallack,, "Summer is calling: Fitness gear to get you outdoors – and moving," 5 July 2018 Sven’s head pivots by a linkage system connected to the performer’s head and body; the weight of his head is cantilevered away from the performer’s neck by a custom orthopedic back brace. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "The Secret Life of Sven," 26 June 2018 The crossover has a shift-by-wire continuous variable transmission, which means no mechanical transmission linkage (and slightly more interior room). Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Variable-compression engine meets crossover: Infiniti QX50 review," 8 Nov. 2018 Bank regulations have expanded and tightened, cross-border financial linkages (such as via bank lending) have been truncated, and the Fed has worked far harder to support growth. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 11 Sep. 2018 In addition to tolling, Griebel said the transportation board would focus on linkage to New York for commuters and to strengthen the ability to recruit employees in the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester County. Sandra Gomez-aceves,, "Oz Griebel Pledges To Establish Tolls, Bring Back Transportation Strategy Board," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of linkage

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of linkage

: a connection or relationship between two or more things

: a part that connects two or more things


link·​age | \ ˈliŋ-kij \

Medical Definition of linkage

1 : the manner in which atoms or radicals are connected by chemical bonds in a molecule
2 : the relationship between genes on the same chromosome that causes them to be inherited together — compare mendel's law sense 2

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