noun (1)
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Definition of link

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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
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


verb (1)
linked; linking; links

Definition of link (Entry 2 of 4)

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


noun (2)

Definition of link (Entry 3 of 4)

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


verb (2)
linked; linking; links

Definition of link (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to skip smartly along

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Other Words from link

Verb (1)

linker noun

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Verb (1)

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

First Known Use of link

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

History and Etymology for link

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

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

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“Link.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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\ ˈliŋk How to pronounce link (audio) \

Kids Definition of link

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


linked; linking

Kids Definition of link (Entry 2 of 2)

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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