Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or process of linking.
  • n. The condition of being linked.
  • n. A connection or relation; an association.
  • n. A negotiating policy of making agreement on one issue dependent on progress toward another objective.
  • n. A system of interconnected machine elements, such as rods, springs, and pivots, used to transmit power or motion.
  • n. Electricity A measure of the induced voltage in a circuit caused by a magnetic flux and equal to the flux times the number of turns in the coil that surrounds it.
  • n. Genetics An association between two or more genes such that the traits they control tend to be inherited together.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mechanical device that connects things.
  • n. A connection or relation between things or ideas.
  • n. The property of genes of being inherited together.
  • n. A set of definitely related words for which no proto-language can be derived.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of linking; the state of being linked; also, a system of links.
  • n. Manner of linking or of being linked; -- said of the union of atoms or radicals in the molecule.
  • n. A system of straight lines or bars, fastened together by joints, and having certain of their points fixed in a plane. It is used to describe straight lines and curves in the plane.
  • n. Any object, factor, or relationship that creates a bond or association between two other objects.
  • n. The proximity of two or more genes on the genome of an organism that causes those genes to be inherited, transferred, or moved together with a frequency greater than for genes not associated. The linkage is a continuous variable, and is inversely related to the distance between genes on the genome.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A system of connected links; a combination of pieces pivoted together so as to turn about one another in parallel planes of rotation.
  • n. The state of being linked together.
  • n. a linkage which has one, two, etc., degrees of freedom more than a complete linkage.
  • n. In chem., the hypothetical connection between two atoms. Same as bond, 11.
  • n. In electricity, the product obtained by-multiplying the magnetic flux through a coil by the number of turns which the coil contains.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an associative relation
  • n. a mechanical system of rods or springs or pivots that transmits power or motion
  • n. the act of linking things together
  • n. (genetics) traits that tend to be inherited together as a consequence of an association between their genes; all of the genes of a given chromosome are linked (where one goes they all go)

Etymologies

link + -age (Wiktionary)

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  • In most traditional cases, I'd agree. But the word has found use on the internet when referring to a large volume of hyperlinks. In this case, "linkage" refers to a measure of links rather than a single link.

    January 29, 2007

  • I wonder if just "link" could work in its place...

    What about "connection"?

    January 29, 2007