verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make no longer connected.

    ‘all three loops are linked, but cutting any one unlinks the other two’
    • ‘ArchiCAD recognizes AutoCAD xrefs at input and output, preserving the link and allowing xref administration (linking, unlinking and binding) within ArchiCAD.’
    • ‘Edit from the sync'ed subclips; unlink and relink the files when they get screwed up.’
    • ‘On the basis of nucleotide sequence similarity (97.8%; data not shown), the first class is thought to be SLR2, an SLG-like gene unlinked to the S locus.’
    • ‘With sex unlinked from friendship, companionship, and love, the young think they understand sex because they have experienced it.’
    • ‘These results suggested that b - 19-5 and c3-1 carried mutations unlinked to het-c that suppressed het-c vegetative incompatibility.’
    unfasten, unbutton, unhook, untie, unlace
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    1. 1.1as adjective unlinked Unconnected.
      ‘three previously unlinked murders’
      • ‘Here's the unlinked part from today's Herald - Sun…’
      • ‘The researchers stumbled upon an unlinked page, accidentally appended to the lobbyists' website.’
      • ‘Could I have two separate, unlinked blogs where I post about Real Estate as a marketing tool in one, and post about how my clients can drive me crazy in a perfectly anonymous way in another?’
      • ‘We expect that the pairs of unlinked markers will be linked as described in the map for the other sex when marker density increases.’
      • ‘We assumed that sampled individuals were genotyped at a series of unlinked microsatellite loci.’
      • ‘First, one would apply a clustering method to the unlinked markers to estimate the ancestry of the sampled individuals and the phenotype frequencies across subpopulations.’
      • ‘Since Channel 4 are not actually promoting this, just storing it on an unlinked page on their website, it's actually completely viral.’
      • ‘But even if these assumptions apply, different unlinked loci will vary widely in their histories.’
      • ‘Can unlinked tales with recurrent names or places as motifs form a coherent whole between covers?’
      • ‘I had always assumed his unlinked reports came from secondary sources that were not on the web.’
      • ‘Well, today in another unlinked article - pointedly positioned under a picture of a mangled car - Monash's Ian Johnston gets the right of reply…’
      • ‘Were candidate sites chosen from completely linked, partially linked, or unlinked regions of the genome?’
      • ‘Still, I had to laugh when Scott wrote that I shouldn't have criticized him for his unsourced, unlinked, but stronger original claim.’
      • ‘Most respondents were unaware of unlinked anonymous testing of blood for HIV, and a substantial minority disagreed with such testing both for HIV and for other usually fatal diseases.’
      • ‘This approach is able to distinguish FRET between linked and unlinked Cerulean and Venus fluorescent proteins in living cells with a larger dynamic range than other approaches.’
      • ‘A set of 61 papers, representing 244 comparative studies, were identified in which at least one plant species was contained within another study, and in which no subsets of unlinked data arose.’
      • ‘The ratio of number of unlinked trips/distance travelled per person multiplied by 3 km has been used to determine the proportion of all passenger kilometres that are cold start.’
      • ‘For both unlinked and partially linked loci, it is important to note that the coverage of the ABC 95% confidence intervals is always very good.’
      • ‘Display advertisements on The Tribune Online Edition can be placed in the form of linked / unlinked banners or panels.’
      • ‘We used results from the unlinked anonymous dried blood spot survey to estimate the number of births in England to women infected with HIV.’
      separate, unconnected, independent, unattached, unassociated, unlinked, unallied, distinct, discrete, individual, uncoupled
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Pronunciation

unlink

/ˌənˈliNGk//ˌənˈlɪŋk/