missing link


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missing link

n.
1. A hypothetical primate that is postulated to be the common ancestor from which both humans and nonhuman apes evolved. Not in scientific use.
2. Something lacking that is needed to complete a series.

missing link

n
1. (Palaeontology) the missing link (sometimes capitals) a hypothetical extinct animal or animal group, formerly thought to be intermediate between the anthropoid apes and man
2. any missing section or part in an otherwise complete series

miss′ing link′


n.
1. a hypothetical form of animal assumed to have been a connecting link between the anthropoid apes and humans.
2. anything lacking for the completion of a sequence.
[1860–65]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.missing link - hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beingsmissing link - hypothetical organism formerly thought to be intermediate between apes and human beings
primitive, primitive person - a person who belongs to an early stage of civilization
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missing link

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They supplied the missing link in the evidence for the defense.
Next he touched upon the Indians, and upon the extraordinary colony of anthropoid apes, which might be looked upon as an advance upon the pithecanthropus of Java, and as coming therefore nearer than any known form to that hypothetical creation, the missing link. Finally he described, amongst some merriment, the ingenious but highly dangerous aeronautic invention of Professor Challenger, and wound up a most memorable address by an account of the methods by which the committee did at last find their way back to civilization.
There are missing links in the evidence, as I left it, which Gabriel Betteredge can supply, and to Gabriel Betteredge I go!"
I only require a few missing links to have an entirely connected case."
This chance of the picture has supplied us with one of our most obvious missing links. We have him, Watson, we have him, and I dare swear that before tomorrow night he will be fluttering in our net as helpless as one of his own butterflies.
Only now, at the end of nearly ten years, am I allowed to supply those missing links which make up the whole of that remarkable chain.
Councillor James Pasternak (Ward 6 York Centre), Chair of the City of Toronto's Infrastructure and Environment Committee, Councillor Paula Fletcher (Ward 14 Toronto-Danforth), representatives from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, City staff and members representing various community groups met at Tommy Thompson Park to cut the ribbon and officially open the missing link of the Martin Goodman Trail along Unwin Avenue near Leslie Street.
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