- one of the rings or separate pieces of which a chain is composed.
- anything serving to connect one part or thing with another; a bond or tie: The locket was a link with the past.
- a unit in a communications system, as a radio relay station or a television booster station.
- any of a series of sausages in a chain.
- a cuff link.
- a ring, loop, or the like: a link of hair.
- Computers. an object, as text or graphics, linked through hypertext to a document, another object, etc.
- Surveying, Civil Engineering.
- (in a surveyor's chain) a unit of length equal to 7.92 inches (20.12 centimeters).
- one of 100 rods or loops of equal length forming a surveyor's or engineer's chain.
- Chemistry. bond1(def 15).
- Machinery. a rigid, movable piece or rod, connected with other parts by means of pivots or the like, for the purpose of transmitting motion.
- 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.
- to create links in or to a Web page or electronic document: The page is linked to my online store.
- to have links to a Web page or electronic document: The essay links to three of my published articles.
Origin of link1
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- a torch, especially of tow and pitch.
Origin of link2
Examples from the Web for 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
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
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
November 23, 2014
It is possible that this is one link in the chain of influence which she was weaving around them.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
It is in society the link between acquaintance and friendship.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
The name, once upon it, was so severed that I could not link the fragments.
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.
- any of the separate rings, loops, or pieces that connect or make up a chain
- something that resembles such a ring, loop, or piece
- a road, rail, air, or sea connection, as between two main routes
- a connecting part or episode
- a connecting piece in a mechanism, often having pivoted ends
- Also called: radio link a system of transmitters and receivers that connect two locations by means of radio and television signals
- 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
- computing short for hyperlink
- weak link an unreliable person or thing within an organization or system
- (often foll by up) to connect or be connected with or as if with links
- (tr) to connect by association, etc
- (formerly) a torch used to light dark streets
Word Origin and History for link
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.
- 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.