link·​age | \ ˈliŋ-kij How to pronounce linkage (audio) \

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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Our data also show that informality is higher in regions with higher public sector employment in business regulation, suggesting that informality happens where linkages between state and society are thicker. Allison Spencer Hartnett, Washington Post, "Can Jordan’s new prime minister reform the government?," 13 June 2018 What might be done to waylay any further evidence of linkages? Sean Illing, Vox, "What does Michael Cohen’s plea deal mean for Trump? I asked 9 legal experts.," 29 Nov. 2018 The pendulum arms connect via a pair of linkages to a horizontal bar mounted on a center pivot, which in turn is connected to a pair of scissor-style arms. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "Thrustmaster TPR: The best flight sim pedals you can buy in a store like a normal person," 23 Sep. 2018 The issue is something called conformity, or the widespread linkage between state and federal tax codes. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "New Yorkers May Face Another Tax Increase, but From Within," 28 Jan. 2018 This is a big deal because, as the brain imagery shows, the brain starts to form new linkages and new connections. Sean Illing, Vox, "Why psychedelic drugs could transform how we treat depression and mental illness," 21 May 2018 Most Americans would live in areas where power generators compete on open markets and transmission is regionally coordinated, which could lead to further cooperation and grid linkage. David Roberts, Vox, "California’s huge energy decision: link its grid to its neighbors, or stay autonomous?," 23 Aug. 2018 In caring for children, the focus is on influencing and establishing good lifetime habits and identifying linkages to environmental factors or the larger community. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "As a Doctor She Treated Children, Now Health Commissioner Cares for an Entire City," 11 Feb. 2019 Photo: © stringer shanghai / reuters/Reuters A measure of correlation shows the linkage between the Dow Jones Oil and Gas Titans index and West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. crude benchmark, remains high but has fallen. Kevin Kingsbury, WSJ, "Energy Shares Shed Crude Relationship With Oil Prices," 20 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of linkage

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of linkage was in 1874

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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 How to pronounce linkage (audio) \

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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