missing link

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n missing link hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Missing link any point or fact needed to complete a series or a chain of argument: :
    • Missing link (zool.) a conjectural form of animal life, supposed necessary to complete the chain of evolution from some simian to the human animal
    • Missing link (coll.) an ape, monkey, or apish-looking man
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hlence; Ice. hlekkr, Ger. gelenk, a joint.

Usage

In literature:

An important link is missing, and your case, gentlemen, falls to the ground.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
What is the missing link?
"Reincarnation" by Th. Pascal
The frock she had worn when she was lost proved the missing link.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
The Missing Link was a true metaphor in more ways than one; and most of all in its suggestion of a chain.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
Then, as he gazed with loathing upon the sprawling thing, it seemed that the missing link was supplied.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
In these men the advocates of Darwinism might well behold the missing link.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
It was a curious thing, he reflected, that the child should link him to Mrs. Verdon as well as to Miss Kilner.
"A Vanished Hand" by Sarah Doudney
Some officers, there is reason to believe, were smart enough to seek and were given the opportunity to restore the missing links.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
These two were the missing links now needed in the chain of the North-West Passage.
"Adventurers of the Far North" by Stephen Leacock
Rob wrote of them in the same strain and says he, too, is curious to meet the missing links.
"Our Next-Door Neighbors" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
It represented the missing link in his picture of the aliens.
"Dead Ringer" by Lester del Rey
He was hailed by Haeckel and his followers as the veritable "missing link," and as such gained immediate notoriety.
"A History of Science, Volume 5(of 5)" by Henry Smith Williams
There is no missing link to the chain that connects the first and lowest life to the last and the highest.
"The Kempton-Wace Letters" by Jack London
The missing link in the chain has been the instruction to go with the construction.
"Euthenics, the science of controllable environment" by Ellen H. Richards
Miss Jane was the only link that united us in any degree, and now we are asunder and adrift.
"Vashti" by Augusta J. Evans Wilson
You talk of a missing link, and it is immediately thrust under your nose.
"Hand and Ring" by Anna Katharine Green
The missing link was important.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Here, then, was the missing link in the chain.
"Forging the Blades" by Bertram Mitford
The main drive force, though, would be the missing link, as we had been calling it all winter.
"Tillie" by Roger Phillips Graham
Missing Link Puzzle, Devil's Bottle, Pocket Camera.
"Harper's Round Table, May 28, 1895" by Various
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In news:

Missing Links for Dec 16.
The Missing Link in Today's Music Systems.
100 years after ' missing link' hoax, scientists seeking to solve mystery of Piltdown Man.
100 years after ' missing link ' hoax, scientists seeking to solve mystery of Piltdown Man.
Homeland Security's Missing Link .
Missing Link News Archive from Night of Champions.
Missing Link News Archive from Capitol Punishment.
' Missing link ' poses problem for bikers, neighbors.
Murphy the missing link for Duke's perimeter.
Spine of LA Freeway system and its missing link .
Newly discovered dust-obscured galaxies may be missing link .
The Missing Link In Economic Competitiveness.
Missing Link Points to New Diabetes Target.
Work begins on Towpath Trail's missing link .
Mental health issues a missing link in the fight against weight gain.
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In science:

The explosion of SN 1993J in M81 was the missing link between SNe of type II and Ib/c.
Supernova types and rates
Variation of cosmic ray flux and global cloud coverage–a missing link in solar-climate relationships.
A selection of papers with some relevance to the investigation of the Sun-Climate link: Papers on Data, Methods and Commentary
The fine-tunings linked to the doublet-triplet splitting are avoided by adopting the Missing Doublet Mechanism and by using the flavour symmetry to stabilize the Higgs doublet mass against large mass corrections due to non renormalizable operators.
The problem of neutrino masses in extensions of the Standard Model
The measurement of mZ is the missing link at this point, and performed by the LEP experiments.
e^+e^- Physics at LEP and a Future Linear Collider
Since the densities ne are the missing parameter linking emitting volumes V and emission measures EM= n2 e V , these measurements are very important for calculating the sizes of X-ray emitting regions.
On the sizes of stellar X-ray coronae
One important effect missing in our calculation is that the supercurrents must tunnel through various weak links, an aspect not present in our calculations because of the limited extent of the cell in the x-y directions.
Superfluidity of Dense $^4$He in Vycor
In several recent publications attempts were made to restore the missing links.
New Models for Veneziano Amplitudes: Combinatorial, Symplectic and Supersymmetric Aspects
ULIRGs could be seen as the missing link in Toomre’s theory of elliptical formation from ma jor mergers.
Galaxy Collisions - Dawn of a New Era
It would provide the missing link of Grand Unification.
Report of the US long baseline neutrino experiment study
Physical Review E 68 036112. Clauset, A., Moore, C. and Newman, M. E. J. (2008). Hierarchical structure and the prediction of missing links in networks.
Effect of Degree Distribution on Evolutionary Search
BGP-based AS measurements may contain links that do not actually exist in the Internet, but a more serious problem is that the BGP measurements may miss a significant number of links .
A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet
Power law or sampling bias? A ma jor problem of current measurements of the Internet AS graph is that these measurements, whether based on BGP, traceroute or other sources, miss a significant number of links [79, 87, 80].
A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet
Raz, The Internet dark matter – on the missing links in the AS connectivity map, in: Proc.
A critical look at power law modelling of the Internet
It also reveals a deep connection - missed until to now - between the Cooper’s picture and the BCS regime, in spite of the fact that, as often argued, a strong overlap between pairs in the dense regime should destroy any link with the Cooper’s model4 .
"Moth-eaten effect" driven by Pauli blocking, revealed for Cooper pairs
Besides helping in analyzing networks with missing data, the link prediction algorithms can be used to predict the links that may appear in the future of evolving networks.
Link Prediction in Complex Networks: A Survey
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