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noun (1)

: a connecting structure: such as
: a single ring or division of a chain
: 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
: an intermediate rod or piece for transmitting force or motion
especially : a short connecting rod with a hole or pin at each end
: the fusible member of an electrical fuse
: something analogous to a link of chain: such as
: a segment of sausage in a chain
: a connecting element or factor
found a link between smoking and cancer
: a unit in a communication system
: 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


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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


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noun (2)

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


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verb (2)

linked; linking; links

intransitive verb

: to skip smartly along

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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

Word History


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

Dictionary Entries Near link

Cite this Entry

“Link.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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Kids Definition

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: a single ring of a chain
: something that connects : connection
Is there a link between dinosaurs and birds?


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linked; linking
: to physically join or connect
The towns are linked by a road.
: to show or suggest a connection
A gang was linked to the crime.

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