link 1[lingk] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for link on noun

  1. one of the rings or separate pieces of which a chain is composed.
  2. anything serving to connect one part or thing with another; a bond or tie: The locket was a link with the past.
  3. a unit in a communications system, as a radio relay station or a television booster station.
  4. any of a series of sausages in a chain.
  5. a cuff link.
  6. a ring, loop, or the like: a link of hair.
  7. Computers. an object, as text or graphics, linked through hypertext to a document, another object, etc.
  8. Surveying, Civil Engineering.
    1. (in a surveyor’s chain) a unit of length equal to 7.92 inches (20.12 centimeters).
    2. one of 100 rods or loops of equal length forming a surveyor’s or engineer’s chain.
  9. Chemistry. bond1(def 15).
  10. Machinery. a rigid, movable piece or rod, connected with other parts by means of pivots or the like, for the purpose of transmitting motion.

verb (used with or without object)

  1. to join by or as if by a link or links; connect; unite (often followed by up): The new bridge will link the island to the mainland. The company will soon link up with a hotel chain.
  2. Computers.
    1. to create links in or to a Web page or electronic document: The page is linked to my online store.
    2. to have links to a Web page or electronic document: The essay links to three of my published articles.

Origin of link 1 1375–1425; late Middle English link(e) Old Danish lænkia chain; cognate with Old Norse hlekkr link (plural, chain), Old English hlence coat of chain mail, akin to German Gelenk jointRelated formslink·er, nounSynonyms for link See more synonyms for on 2. connection, connective. 10. bond, league, conjoin, fasten, bind, tie, pin.Synonym study 2. See bond1.Word story 7, 12b. See Internet. link 2[lingk] noun

  1. a torch, especially of tow and pitch.

Origin of link 2 1520–30; perhaps special use of link1; the torches so called may have been made of strands twisted together in chainlike form Related Words for link network, relationship, hookup, element, contact, channel, tie, association, join, associate, relate, unite, attach, combine, identify, bind, knot, nexus, hitch, seam Examples from the Web for link Contemporary Examples of link

  • Authorities blame anarchists protesting a proposed high-speed rail line called TAV that will link Turin and Lyon, France.

    Italy’s Terror on the Tracks

    Barbie Latza Nadeau

    December 28, 2014

  • The whys the wherefores, I think a lot of that is somehow a link from decoding texts, as they say in graduate school.

    Daphne Merkin on Lena Dunham, Book Criticism, and Self-Examination

    Mindy Farabee

    December 26, 2014

  • Tickets go on sale to the public January 15; check back then for a link and an early peek at the inspiring lineup of speakers.

    Save the Date: Women in the World 2015

    December 23, 2014

  • “Many in the media were quick to link that story to stories about my husband—until that story unwound,” she said.

    Team Cosby’s Mission Impossible

    Lloyd Grove

    December 18, 2014

  • Roy was a link to many big names in conservative media, counting Andrew Breitbart and Matt Drudge among his fans.

    The Godfather of Right-Wing Radio

    Caitlin Dickson

    November 23, 2014

  • Historical Examples of link

  • It is possible that this is one link in the chain of influence which she was weaving around them.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking

    Isabella Alden

  • It is in society the link between acquaintance and friendship.


    Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

  • The name, once upon it, was so severed that I could not link the fragments.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 10, No. 58, August, 1862


  • He goes back to the first link, or to what he calls primordial generation.

    Life: Its True Genesis

    R. W. Wright

  • The Germanic chain was complete, with every link welded together.

    The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of VIII)


  • British Dictionary definitions for link link 1 noun

    1. any of the separate rings, loops, or pieces that connect or make up a chain
    2. something that resembles such a ring, loop, or piece
    3. a road, rail, air, or sea connection, as between two main routes
    4. a connecting part or episode
    5. a connecting piece in a mechanism, often having pivoted ends
    6. Also called: radio link a system of transmitters and receivers that connect two locations by means of radio and television signals
    7. a unit of length equal to one hundredth of a chain. 1 link of a Gunter’s chain is equal to 7.92 inches, and of an engineer’s chain to 1 foot
    8. computing short for hyperlink
    9. weak link an unreliable person or thing within an organization or system


    1. (often foll by up) to connect or be connected with or as if with links
    2. (tr) to connect by association, etc

    Derived Formslinkable, adjectiveWord Origin for link C14: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hlekkr link link 2 noun

    1. (formerly) a torch used to light dark streets

    Word Origin for link C16: perhaps from Latin lychnus, from Greek lukhnos lamp Word Origin and History for link n.

    early 15c., “one of a series of rings or loops which form a chain; section of a cord,” probably from Old Norse *hlenkr or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse hlekkr “link,” Old Swedish lænker “chain, link,” Norwegian lenke, Danish lænke), from Proto-Germanic *khlink- (cf. German lenken “to bend, turn, lead,” gelenk “articulation, joint, link,” Old English hlencan (plural) “armor”), from PIE root *kleng- “to bend, turn.” Missing link between man and apes dates to 1880.


    “torch,” 1520s, of uncertain origin, possibly from Medieval Latin linchinus, from lichinus “wick,” from Greek lykhnos “portable light, lamp.”


    “bind, fasten, to couple,” late 14c., believed to be from link (n.), though it is attested earlier. Related: Linked; linking.

    link in Science link [lĭngk]

    1. A segment of text or a graphical item that serves as a cross-reference between parts of a webpage or other hypertext documents or between webpages or other hypertext documents.
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