Definition of linkage in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The action of linking or the state of being linked.

    ‘there is no proof of linkage to a terrorist organization’
    [count noun] ‘close linkages between private and public capital’
    • ‘The chapters do vary significantly, however, in the depth of analysis and the strength of linkage to the central premises of the research.’
    • ‘The textile sector presents good opportunity for us to spur growth and combat poverty because of its vertical linkage to agriculture.’
    • ‘The IMF presenter demonstrated a strong linkage between the level of per capita GDP and the poverty rate.’
    • ‘We have stated that the linkage exists, but we have not fleshed it out in specific terms.’
    • ‘So, we shouldn't allow this subtle linkage to Gilgamesh to distract from a proper consideration of paleosols.’
    • ‘Countless social standards, now fundamental to our culture, have direct linkage to wartime necessities.’
    • ‘But all the electronics machines were second-hand products and have no linkage to the Internet.’
    • ‘There will also be linkage to the town centre from the Industrial Estate to facilitate workers at lunchtime.’
    • ‘Any clear linkage to the power and prestige of the central palatial authority would have conferred distinction.’
    • ‘During the meeting he demanded its detachment from any linkage to the death of the five young men.’
    • ‘Through the voices of the villagers, many of whom trace their linkage to the old Chipko movement, the film tries to understand the revolution.’
    • ‘But if linkage to the physical world adds reality to an idea, how can he claim that the idea, which is not material, is what redeems British efficiency?’
    • ‘Queensland is focused on establishing linkages that provide a basis for long-term trade relationships.’
    • ‘Samples taken from the crime scene have been sent to forensic laboratories for analysis to ascertain any linkage to the crime.’
    • ‘Community members formed strong linkages with the schools, sharing staff, and building resources and expertise.’
    • ‘All the elements will need clear linkage to each other through regular meetings, information technology, and shared protocols.’
    • ‘Help us articulate the complexity, responsibility, and accountability of command and its direct linkage to our success as a military profession.’
    • ‘The databank used standardised diagnostic criteria during the study and linkage to the individual original obstetric case notes.’
    • ‘It was a memorable sermon, lacking any clear outline or notable linkage to the Scripture readings.’
    • ‘The one thing both sides agree on is that the road would have a major impact on the Eastern Cape landscape insofar as it would dramatically improve access and linkage to the region.’
    interrelationship, interrelatedness, intertextuality, interconnectedness, connection, linkage, cohesion, coherence
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    1. 1.1[count noun]A system of links.
      ‘a complex linkage of nerves’
      • ‘The free sliding experiments suggest that mechanical linkages between the doublets prevent free sliding in an intact axoneme.’
      • ‘After years of searching for the ideal point at which to attach the suspension linkage to a frame, the gearheads concluded that their sweet spot didn't exist.’
      • ‘Our simulator calculates the forces on the runners and those that are transmitted through the steering linkage to the drivers' hands.’
      • ‘Instead of complex linkages and levers, this one keys right on the trigger bar and a small protrusion pushes the firing - pin stop up.’
      • ‘On inspection it was found that everything in the recently developed transmission was operating perfectly, the jamming in fourth gear traced to the mating of the standard gear linkage to the new gearbox.’
      • ‘The drive elements enable both linear and rotational motion through fully sealed linkages.’
      connection, relationship, relatedness, association, linkage, tie-up
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    2. 1.2The linking of different issues in political negotiations.
      • ‘European Union officials have assured their American counterparts that the political agenda linkage is critical to the overall package.’
      • ‘The Bush administration backed off its previous position insisting on linkage.’
      • ‘This formal linkage is, however, by no means a guarantee that further changes will be made to the CAP to remove its persistent elements of protection.’
      • ‘A Russian trade official insisted Monday that there was no linkage between the two issues.’
    3. 1.3Genetics The tendency of groups of genes on the same chromosome to be inherited together.
      • ‘The remaining 24 progeny were tested only at marker loci on chromosomes showing significant linkage to the tumor multiplicity phenotype.’
      • ‘However, tight linkage of separate genes cannot be ruled out.’
      • ‘Unless a mapping population is very large, it is difficult to detect repulsion linkages between simplex markers in polyploids.’
      • ‘The power to detect a significant linkage is examined on the basis of 1000 replicates.’
      • ‘Only the presence of genetic linkage was examined.’
      unity, togetherness, solidarity, bond, sticking together, continuity, coherence, connection, linkage, interrelatedness
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