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

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But could the ingredient also be a missing link in your skin-care routine? Allure, "Melatonin Is Trending in Skin Care Lately, But Can It Really Benefit Your Skin?," 20 Mar. 2019 With Kim and her sisters, though, the missing link is self-awareness. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Kardashian’s sisters said she looked anorexic. She took it as a compliment.," 3 Aug. 2018 Mayr, then one of Europe’s dominant opera composers, was, in a way, the missing link between Mozart and Rossini, who would soon supplant him as the ruler of the opera realm. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Dawn of Romantic Opera’ Review: Subtle, Playful Performances," 31 July 2018 The 31-year-old could be the missing link as PSG look to challenge for the Champions League title next season. SI.com, "Neymar Reportedly Urges PSG to Sign Barcelona Star as a Replacement for Edinson Cavani," 8 July 2018 Some validate Machado’s reputation as a missing link in the lineage of comic experimentalists running from Laurence Sterne to John Barth. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Ungraspable ‘Miracle’ of Machado de Assis," 28 June 2018 The cousins, though, weren’t from the same branch of the family tree, so Moore needed to identify the missing link connecting them. Fortune, "DNA Detectives Are Searching for Killers in Your Family Tree," 14 June 2018 Arsenal fans will be hoping the club can finalise the deal for Torreira, as his incredible ability and potential could prove to be the missing link in their side. SI.com, "Arsenal Fans Are Incredibly Excited About the Potential Signing of Serie A Star Lucas Torreira," 10 June 2018 There’s clearly not just a screw loose in Giuliani but a missing link in his story with Trump. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Following the Money in Trumpland Leads Ugly Places," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of missing link

1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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