linkage

noun
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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The not-for-profit organisation plans to use funds worth $3.5 million from Walmart Foundation to develop and train up to 20 farmer producer organisations to facilitate market linkages. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "The world’s largest retailer is reaching out to India’s small farmers with new technology," 27 Aug. 2019 In a small meeting with Trump in the residence before the speech, several aides argued the linkage was a mistake, and the president dropped both the immigration idea and the call for background checks. Michael Crowley, BostonGlobe.com, "Trump condemns white supremacy but doesn’t propose gun laws after shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 In seminal work published in 1969, Keith Moffatt, then a young Cambridge University lecturer, proved that the measure of the total knottedness and linkage in ideal fluids — ones, like liquid helium, that lack viscosity — stays constant over time. Quanta Magazine, "Could Knots Unravel Mysteries of Fluid Flow?," 9 Dec. 2013 In a small meeting with Mr. Trump in his residence before the speech, several aides argued that the linkage was a mistake, and the president dropped both the immigration idea and the call for background checks from his prepared remarks. Michael Crowley, New York Times, "Trump Condemns White Supremacy but Stops Short of Major Gun Controls," 5 Aug. 2019 To be fair, transfer season is all-year-round at this point, but this is peak linkage. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Kean to Dortmund, Tottenham's Trippier Replacement, 3 Rafael Leao Bids & More," 18 July 2019 The visitors can then be tracked back to their village of origin to investigate any linkage to a cluster of cases. Mosoka Fallah, Quartz Africa, "Africa’s porous and informal borders make it difficult to contain Ebola," 17 June 2019 The linkages have been tenuous in recent years, puzzling many Fed officials and clouding the outlook for policy. Paul Kiernan, WSJ, "Kiernan’s Take: Powell Faces Questions on Real Wage Growth," 24 July 2018 Masalha himelf recognizes that Palestine was often not found in the same place, and Gibbon was absolutely right about the off-again on-again intermittent linkage of Palestine with Syria. G.w. Bowersock, The New York Review of Books, "The Many Lives of Palestine," 18 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of linkage

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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linkage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of linkage

: a connection or relationship between two or more things
: a part that connects two or more things

linkage

noun
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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