1

link

noun \ ˈliŋk \
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 : 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 : 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 (such as an index term) in a system in order to indicate or permit connection with other similarly identified elements; especially : one (such as a hyperlink) in a computer file

Origin and Etymology of link

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

2

link

verb
linked; linking; links
: to couple or connect by or as if by a link
: 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

First Known Use of link

15th century

in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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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

3

link

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

Origin and Etymology of link

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

4

link

verb
linked; linking; links
Scotland
: to skip smartly along

Origin and Etymology of link

origin unknown


LINK Defined for Kids

1

link

noun \ ˈliŋk \
1 : a single ring of a chain
2 : something that connects : connection
  • Is there a link between dinosaurs and birds?
3 : hyperlink

2

link

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


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