link

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noun (1)

1
: a connecting structure: such 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
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
: something analogous to a link of chain: such 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 in a system (such as an index term in a database) in order to indicate or permit connection with other similarly identified elements
especially : one (such as a hyperlink) in a computer file

link

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verb (1)

linked; linking; links

transitive verb

: to couple or connect by or as if by a link

intransitive verb

: to become connected by or as if by a link
often used with up
the band linked up with a new record label
linker noun

link

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noun (2)

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

link

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verb (2)

linked; linking; links

intransitive verb

Scotland
: to skip smartly along
Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of link in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Economic impact: The collapse of the bridge severed ocean links to the Port of Baltimore, which provides about 20,000 jobs to the area. Jacob Bogage, Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2024 The rapper posted a link to social media on Wednesday that leads to a form to fill out in order to prove your devotion to the artist. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 11 Apr. 2024 Take our quiz below or click this link — then read our fact check to learn more about its outer space capabilities. Follow more of our reporting on Uniquely Bee Curious Hollywood Park? Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 11 Apr. 2024 The labels will also include links to information about network management practices and privacy policies. Cora Lewis, Fortune, 10 Apr. 2024 The two spacecraft will use radio inter-satellite links to communicate, and star trackers will be used by both craft for determining their attitude. IEEE Spectrum, 10 Apr. 2024 Why, then, did researchers find a link between eating more avocados and more nutritious eating patterns? Sarah Garone, Health, 10 Apr. 2024 Regarding the current war in Gaza, the lawmaker Levy says there is a direct link between that and what's happening on the Temple Mount. Fatma Tanis, NPR, 10 Apr. 2024 Google has warned users that not all podcasts will be available in YouTube Music, but they can be saved by using the RSS feed link from the show in question. Davey Winder, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024
Verb
Although Israel has attacked a number of targets linked to Iran in recent years, primarily as part of its efforts to disrupt arms transfers to Hezbollah and other proxy groups in the region, the Israeli military has not taken credit for the incident in Damascus, which occurred on April 1. Shannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 12 Apr. 2024 More than $16 million was sent from the account via wire transfers from November 2021 to January 2024 to accounts controlled by people linked to the bookmaking operation, the complaint said. Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times, 12 Apr. 2024 About 200 soldiers abandoned their base in the southeastern town of Myawaddy and have been pushed to the No 2. Friendship Bridge linking Myanmar to Thailand following an attack Wednesday night by Karen resistance fighters, a spokesperson for the Karen National Union told CNN Thursday. Helen Regan, CNN, 11 Apr. 2024 For more details on what to expect from the flight experience, check out my review of the original linked above. Jim Fisher, PCMAG, 11 Apr. 2024 Tied to one end were thick metal chains linked to a set of handcuffs. Erin Clements, Peoplemag, 11 Apr. 2024 The nursing facility is one of four owned or operated by companies linked to Laurie Beth and Jon McPike of Southlake. Ciara McCarthy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 11 Apr. 2024 Although Michigan health leaders have reported five measles cases since February, the situation doesn't yet rise to the level of an outbreak, according to the definition set by the CDC, which identifies an outbreak as a chain of transmission including three or more cases linked in time and space. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 10 Apr. 2024 On several occasions, the crunchy critters link up to form a rolling wheel — a nifty but none-too-effective trick. Peter Debruge, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

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

Verb (2)

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

1526, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1715, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of link was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Link.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/link. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

link

1 of 2 verb
: to join by or as if by a link
linker noun

link

2 of 2 noun
1
: a connecting structure: as
a
: a single ring of a chain
b
d
: an intermediate rod or piece for transmitting force or motion
2
: something resembling a link of chain: as
a
: a piece of sausage in a series of connected pieces
b
: a connecting element or factor
found a link between smoking and cancer
c

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