missing link

noun

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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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 Dollars available for relief for these types of things could be the missing link to preserving our city. Caitlin Mccabe, Philly.com, "After a months-long attempt to demolish a Bella Vista church, Ori Feibush searches for a preservationist to save it," 20 Apr. 2018 To Apple design devotees, this desktop is the missing link between the beige Macintosh computers of the early '90s and the original Bondi Blue iMac that took the world by storm and saved Apple from bankruptcy. Brendan Nystedt, WIRED, "How Apple’s Education Devices Changed Through the Years," 27 Mar. 2018 He and his wife Jeanette, owners of Hudson Valley Malt, cultivate traditional floor malted grains, a missing link in New York state’s grain supply chain. Keith Flanagan, USA TODAY, "Hudson Valley beer is a taste of New York state," 20 Apr. 2018

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1851, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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missing link

noun

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

the missing link : 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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