from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One of the rings or loops forming a chain.
  • n. A unit in a connected series of units: links of sausage; one link in a molecular chain.
  • n. A unit in a transportation or communications system.
  • n. A connecting element; a tie or bond: grandparents, our link with the past.
  • n. An association; a relationship: The Alumnae Association is my link to the school's present administration.
  • n. A causal, parallel, or reciprocal relationship; a correlation: Researchers have detected a link between smoking and heart disease.
  • n. A cuff link.
  • n. A unit of length used in surveying, equal to 0.01 chain, 7.92 inches, or about 20.12 centimeters.
  • n. A rod or lever transmitting motion in a machine.
  • n. Computer Science A segment of text or a graphical item that serves as a cross-reference between parts of a hypertext document or between files or hypertext documents. Also called hotlink, hyperlink.
  • transitive v. To connect with or as if with a link: linked the rings to form a chain. See Synonyms at join.
  • transitive v. Computer Science To make a hypertext link in: linked her webpage to her employer's homepage.
  • intransitive v. To become connected with or as if with a link: The molecules linked to form a polymer.
  • intransitive v. Computer Science To follow a hypertext link: With a click of the mouse, I linked to the company's website.
  • n. A torch formerly used for lighting one's way in the streets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A connection between places, persons, events, or things.
  • n. One element of a chain or other connected series.
  • n. Abbreviation of hyperlink.
  • n. The connection between buses or systems.
  • n. A space comprising one or more disjoint knots.
  • n. a thin wild bank of land splitting two cultivated patches and often linking two hills.
  • v. To connect two or more things.
  • v. To contain a hyperlink to another page.
  • v. To supply (somebody) with a hyperlink; to direct by means of a link.
  • v. To post a hyperlink to.
  • n. A torch, used to light dark streets.
  • v. To skip or trip along smartly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A torch made of tow and pitch, or the like.
  • n. A single ring or division of a chain.
  • n. Hence: Anything, whether material or not, which binds together, or connects, separate things; a part of a connected series; a tie; a bond.
  • n. Anything doubled and closed like a link.
  • n. Any one of the several elementary pieces of a mechanism, as the fixed frame, or a rod, wheel, mass of confined liquid, etc., by which relative motion of other parts is produced and constrained.
  • n. Any intermediate rod or piece for transmitting force or motion, especially a short connecting rod with a bearing at each end; specifically (Steam Engine), the slotted bar, or connecting piece, to the opposite ends of which the eccentric rods are jointed, and by means of which the movement of the valve is varied, in a link motion.
  • n. The length of one joint of Gunter's chain, being the hundredth part of it, or 7.92 inches, the chain being 66 feet in length. Cf. Chain, n., 4.
  • n. A bond of affinity, or a unit of valence between atoms; -- applied to a unit of chemical force or attraction.
  • n. Sausages; -- because linked together.
  • n. A hill or ridge, as a sand hill, or a wooded or turfy bank between cultivated fields, etc.
  • n. A winding of a river; also, the ground along such a winding; a meander; -- usually in pl.
  • n. Sand hills with the surrounding level or undulating land, such as occur along the seashore, a river bank, etc.
  • n. Hence, any such piece of ground where golf is played; a golf course.
  • intransitive v. To be connected.
  • transitive v. To connect or unite with a link or as with a link; to join; to attach; to unite; to couple.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To unite or connect by or as if by a link or links; unite by something intervening; unite in any way; couple; join.
  • To be or become connected; be joined in marriage; ally one's self; form a union.
  • To burn or give light.
  • To go smartly; trip along; do anything smartly and quickly.
  • To join or connect with other parts of the same or similar systems: as, in topography, to connect two isolated surveys or systems of points and geometrical lines, with one another, by joining one point in each of the two systems by a line of measured length and direction.
  • n. One of the rings or separate pieces of which a chain is composed. In ornamental chain-making, any member of the chain, of whatever form, as a plaque, a bead, etc., is called a link.
  • n. Anything doubled and closed together like a ring or division of a chain.
  • n. Anything which serves to connect one thing or one part of a thing with another; any constituent part of a connected series.
  • n. A division, forming the hundredth part, of the chain used in surveying and for other measurement.
  • n. One of the divisions of a sausage made in a continuous chain.
  • n. Any rigid movable piece connected with other pieces, generally themselves movable, by means of interlinked open ends or pivots about which it can turn.
  • n. In a steam-engine, the link-motion.
  • n. In zoology, specifically, an unknown hypothetical form of animal life in any evolutionary chain or series, assumed to have existed at some time and thus to have been the connecting-link between some known forms; especially, an anthropomorphic animal supposed to have been derived from some simian and to have been the immediate ancestral stock of the human race; hence, humorously, an ape or monkey taken as itself the connectinglink for which Darwinians seek. See Alalus.
  • n. A crook or winding of a river; the ground lying along such a winding: as, the links of the Forth.
  • n. plural A stretch of flat or slightly undulating ground on the sea-shore, often in part sandy and covered with bent-grass, furze, etc., and sometimes with a good sward, on part of it at least.
  • n. plural The ground on which golf is played.
  • n. A torch made of tow or hards, etc., and pitch, carried for lighting the streets, formerly common in Great Britain, and still used in London in fogs.
  • n. In mathematics:
  • n. A piece of a straight line joining two given points.
  • n. A double tangent.
  • n. In music, a connecting passage of one or more measures, intervening between two well-defined sections or phrases.
  • n. plural The ground on which golf is played.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a two-way radio communication system (usually microwave); part of a more extensive telecommunication network
  • v. be or become joined or united or linked
  • v. connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces
  • v. make a logical or causal connection
  • n. a fastener that serves to join or connect
  • v. link with or as with a yoke
  • n. (computing) an instruction that connects one part of a program or an element on a list to another program or list
  • n. a connecting shape
  • n. the state of being connected
  • n. a channel for communication between groups
  • n. a unit of length equal to 1/100 of a chain
  • n. an interconnecting circuit between two or more locations for the purpose of transmitting and receiving data
  • n. the means of connection between things linked in series


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English linke, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hlekkr, *hlenkr, from *hlenkr.
Possibly from Medieval Latin linchinus, lichnus, candle, from Latin lychnus, from Greek lukhnos, lamp; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English linke probably from Old Norse *hlenkr, from Proto-Germanic. Used in English since the 14th century.

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Plausibly a modification of Medieval Latin linchinus ("candle"), an alteration of Latin lynchinus, itself from Ancient Greek λύχνος (lukhnos, "lamp").

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Origin unknown.



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