missing link


Definition of missing link

1 : an absent member needed to complete a series or resolve a problem
2a : a hypothetical intermediate evolutionary form between humans and their presumed simian progenitors
b : a hypothetical intermediate evolutionary form between one animal species or group and its presumed ancestors a missing link between reptiles and birds

Examples of missing link in a Sentence

Police are hopeful that the new evidence will provide the missing links needed to solve the crime. scientists searching for the missing link
Recent Examples on the Web Vocal dynamo Marisol Hernandez may not be the missing link between Joni Mitchell, Led Zeppelin, Los Lobos, Elvis Costello and deceased Mexican human rights crusader Marisela Escobedo. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Oct. 2021 Burford, right tackle Makai Hart and center Ahofitu Maka all in the lineup Saturday after facing injury during the first few weeks of the season, Davis stands as the lone missing link from the Roadrunners’ starting unit. Greg Luca, San Antonio Express-News, 6 Oct. 2021 Placing children at the center may be the missing link that finally moves us towards a healthy society and a healthy planet. Elliot Haspel, The New Republic, 26 Aug. 2021 The project would complete a missing link in the Northern Strand path that snakes up to the city of Lynn. BostonGlobe.com, 25 Oct. 2021 The report suggests that this missing link may have to led to some destinations being less prepared, and ultimately less successful in limiting the impact of coronavirus. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 17 Sep. 2021 Exyn says autonomous drones have been the missing link for inspection work as well as search and rescue. John Koetsier, Forbes, 29 May 2021 That missing link is coupled with the closure of a Heights Hike and Bike Trail bridge over the bayou, which caught fire in 2020 and awaits repairs, according to Adam Zuvanich in The Leader News. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 25 Aug. 2021 Employee input can provide the missing link between strategy and execution. Tracy Maylett, Forbes, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of missing link

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of missing link was in 1851

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24 Nov 2021

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“Missing link.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missing%20link. Accessed 29 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of missing link

: something that you do not have and that you need to complete a series or to solve a problem
: a kind of animal that was in some ways like an ape and in some ways like a human being and that is thought to have existed in the past but has not been discovered

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