linkage [ling-kij] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for linkage on noun

  1. the act of linking; state or manner of being linked.
  2. a system of links.
  3. Genetics. an association between two or more genes on a chromosome that tends to cause the characteristics determined by these genes to be inherited as an inseparable unit.
  4. Machinery. an assembly of four or more rods for transmitting motion, usually in the same plane or in parallel planes.
  5. a factor or relationship that connects or ties one thing to another; link: Administration officials sought to establish linkage between grain sales and relaxed immigration laws.
  6. any of various mathematical or drawing devices consisting of a combination of bars or pieces pivoted together so as to turn about one another, usually in parallel planes.
  7. Electricity. flux linkage.

Origin of linkage First recorded in 1870–75; link1 + -age Related formsnon·link·age, adjective Related Words for linkage relationship, similarity, connection, link, interconnection, interdependence, correlation, interrelationship, alliance, sibling, tie-in, kindred, propinquity, consanguinity, relative, affiliation, liaison, affinity, kin, association Examples from the Web for linkage Contemporary Examples of linkage

  • Ironically, in this dispute, the atheist Hoyle was on the side of the pope in seeing a linkage between the Big Bang and God.

    Evangelicals Still Don’t Know What to Do With the Big Bang

    Karl W. Giberson

    March 23, 2014

  • But we do not see any linkage in which we seek to give on one issue and receive on the other.

    Netanyahu: The Road To Mideast Peace Runs Through Tehran

    Ali Gharib

    December 9, 2013

  • Linkage or no linkage, the question as to Netanyahu’s intentions remains.

    A Very Israeli Linkage: Iran’s Nuclear Bomb and Peace With Palestine

    Nadav Eyal

    September 10, 2013

  • Linkage or no linkage, the question of Netanyahu’s intentions remains.

    A Very Israeli Linkage: Iran’s Bomb and Peace With the Palestinians

    Nadav Eyal

    September 10, 2013

  • And here comes the linkage theory, which is very popular these days in Israel.

    A Very Israeli Linkage: Iran’s Bomb and Peace With the Palestinians

    Nadav Eyal

    September 10, 2013

  • Historical Examples of linkage

  • I have not found the word “linkage” used earlier than Sylvester.

    Kinematics of Mechanisms from the Time of Watt

    Eugene S. Ferguson

  • In carrying on a stock of a lethal, advantage can be taken of linkage.

    Sex-linked Inheritance in Drosophila

    Thomas Hunt Morgan

  • Evidently, by exercising this linkage of stimulus and response.


    Robert S. Woodworth

  • When she was finished Rynason nodded for her to activate the linkage.

    Warlord of Kor

    Terry Gene Carr

  • There is more than metaphor in such a comparison; there is the linkage of the immanent idea.

    Nature Mysticism

    J. Edward Mercer

  • British Dictionary definitions for linkage linkage noun

    1. the act of linking or the state of being linked
    2. a system of interconnected levers or rods for transmitting or regulating the motion of a mechanism
    3. electronics the product of the total number of lines of magnetic flux and the number of turns in a coil or circuit through which they pass
    4. genetics the occurrence of two genes close together on the same chromosome so that they are unlikely to be separated during crossing over and tend to be inherited as a single unit
    5. the fact of linking separate but related issues in the course of political negotiations

    Word Origin and History for linkage n.

    1874, from link (v.) + -age.

    To understand the principle of Peaucellier’s link-work, it is convenient to consider previously certain properties of a linkage, (to coin a new and useful word of general application), consisting of an arrangement of six links, obtained in the following manner … (etc.). [“Recent Discoveries in Mechanical Conservation of Motion,” in “Van Nostrand’s Eclectic Engineering Magazine,” vol. XI, July-December 1874] linkage in Medicine linkage [lĭng′kĭj] n.

    1. An association between two or more genes such that the traits they control tend to be inherited together.
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