verb

[with object]
  • 1Make no longer connected.

    ‘all three loops are linked, but cutting any one unlinks the other two’
    • ‘These results suggested that b - 19-5 and c3-1 carried mutations unlinked to het-c that suppressed het-c vegetative incompatibility.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With sex unlinked from friendship, companionship, and love, the young think they understand sex because they have experienced it.’
    • ‘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.’
    unfasten, unbutton, unhook, untie, unlace
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    1. 1.1as adjective unlinked Unconnected.
      ‘three previously unlinked murders’
      • ‘Since Channel 4 are not actually promoting this, just storing it on an unlinked page on their website, it's actually completely viral.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We used results from the unlinked anonymous dried blood spot survey to estimate the number of births in England to women infected with HIV.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Still, I had to laugh when Scott wrote that I shouldn't have criticized him for his unsourced, unlinked, but stronger original claim.’
      • ‘Were candidate sites chosen from completely linked, partially linked, or unlinked regions of the genome?’
      • ‘But even if these assumptions apply, different unlinked loci will vary widely in their histories.’
      • ‘Display advertisements on The Tribune Online Edition can be placed in the form of linked / unlinked banners or panels.’
      • ‘We assumed that sampled individuals were genotyped at a series of unlinked microsatellite loci.’
      • ‘Here's the unlinked part from today's Herald - Sun…’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘Can unlinked tales with recurrent names or places as motifs form a coherent whole between covers?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had always assumed his unlinked reports came from secondary sources that were not on the web.’
      • ‘The researchers stumbled upon an unlinked page, accidentally appended to the lobbyists' website.’
      • ‘Well, today in another unlinked article - pointedly positioned under a picture of a mangled car - Monash's Ian Johnston gets the right of reply…’
      • ‘We expect that the pairs of unlinked markers will be linked as described in the map for the other sex when marker density increases.’
      separate, unconnected, independent, unattached, unassociated, unlinked, unallied, distinct, discrete, individual, uncoupled
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Pronunciation

unlink

/ˌənˈliNGk//ˌənˈlɪŋk/