links [lingks] SynonymsExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for links on noun (used with a plural verb)

  1. golf course.

Origin of links before 1100; Middle English lynkys slopes, Old English hlincas, plural of hlinc rising ground, equivalent to hlin(ian) to lean1, bend (akin to Greek klī́nein to cause to slope) + -k suffixCan be confusedlinks lynx link 1[lingk] 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 links 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 links Contemporary Examples of links

  • At that time, pre -9/11, the links were more subtle and had to be hunted down.

    ISIS, Boko Haram, and the Growing Role of Human Trafficking in 21st Century Terrorism

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    December 26, 2014

  • I answered that I had gone and talked to many members of law enforcement who through their investigations understood these links.

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    December 26, 2014

  • The Egyptian government claims the group has links with the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

    ISIS Wannabes Claim They Killed an American in Egypt

    Jamie Dettmer

    December 1, 2014

  • Neither Iran nor Hezbollah has confirmed these links, but the rhetoric and campaign style of the Houthis mirrors that of both.

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    November 14, 2014

  • Although bats may have creeped us out for centuries, their links to emerging infectious diseases are much more recent.

    Bats’ Link to Ebola Finally Solved

    Carrie Arnold

    November 12, 2014

  • Historical Examples of links

  • The girl shook the links of the handcuffs in a gesture stronger than words.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • They had wrapped the links of the chain in grass and leaves, so that no clanking was heard.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • There are, as I have said, four links to the chain of thought in this passage:–1.

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • I will now regard the second, third, and fourth links of the chain.

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • No links must be broken, no chasms bridged, in the scientific series.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for links links pl n

      1. short for golf links
      2. (as modifier)a links course
    1. mainly Scot undulating sandy ground near the shore

    Word Origin for links Old English hlincas plural of hlinc ridge 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 links n.

    “undulating sandy ground,” 1728, from Scottish/Northumbrian link “sandy, rolling ground near seashore,” from Old English hlinc “rising ground, ridge;” perhaps from the same Proto-Germanic root as lean (v.). This type of landscape in Scotland was where golf first was played; the word has been part of the names of golf courses since at least 1728.

    link n.2

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

    link v.

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

    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.

    links 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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