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noun \ˈliŋk\

Definition of link

  1. 1 :  a connecting structure: as a (1) :  a single ring or division of a chain (2) :  one of the standardized divisions of a surveyor's chain that is 7.92 inches (20.1 centimeters) long and serves as a measure of length b :  cuff link c :  bond 3c d :  an intermediate rod or piece for transmitting force or motion; especially :  a short connecting rod with a hole or pin at each end e :  the fusible member of an electrical fuse

  2. 2 :  something analogous to a link of chain: as a :  a segment of sausage in a chain b :  a connecting element or factor <found a link between smoking and cancer> c :  a unit in a communication system d :  an identifier attached to an element (as an index term) in a system in order to indicate or permit connection with other similarly identified elements ; especially :  one (as a hyperlink) in a computer file

Origin of link

Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hlekkr chain; akin to Old English hlanc lank

First Known Use: 15th century




Definition of link

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to couple or connect by or as if by a link

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become connected by or as if by a link —often used with up <the band linked up with a new record label>

link·er noun

15th Century

First Known Use of link

15th century

Synonym Discussion of link

join, combine, unite, connect, link, associate, relate mean to bring or come together into some manner of union. join implies a bringing into contact or conjunction of any degree of closeness <joined forces in an effort to win>. combine implies some merging or mingling with corresponding loss of identity of each unit <combined jazz and rock to create a new music>. unite implies somewhat greater loss of separate identity <the colonies united to form a republic>. connect suggests a loose or external attachment with little or no loss of identity <a mutual defense treaty connected the two nations>. link may imply strong connection or inseparability of elements still retaining identity <a name forever linked with liberty>. associate stresses the mere fact of frequent occurrence or existence together in space or in logical relation <opera is popularly associated with high society>. relate suggests the existence of a real or presumed logical connection <related what he observed to what he already knew>.




Definition of link

  1. :  a torch formerly used to light a person's way through the streets

Origin of link

perhaps modification of Medieval Latin linchinus candle, alteration of Latin lychnus, from Greek lychnos; akin to Greek leukos white — more at light

First Known Use: 1526




Definition of link


  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to skip smartly along

Origin of link

origin unknown

First Known Use: 1715

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