1. A mechanical device that connects things.
    A linkage in my car's transmission is broken so I can't shift out of first gear.
  2. A connection or relation between things or ideas.
  3. (genetics) The property of genes of being inherited together.
  4. (linguistics) A set of definitely related languages for which no proto-language can be derived, typically a group of languages within a family that have formed a sprachbund.
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