Origin of links
- 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 links
At that time, pre -9/11, the links were more subtle and had to be hunted down.
I answered that I had gone and talked to many members of law enforcement who through their investigations understood these links.
The Egyptian government claims the group has links with the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.ISIS Wannabes Claim They Killed an American in Egypt
December 1, 2014
Neither Iran nor Hezbollah has confirmed these links, but the rhetoric and campaign style of the Houthis mirrors that of both.Yemen’s a Model All Right—For Disaster
Michael Shank , Casey Harrity
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
November 12, 2014
The girl shook the links of the handcuffs in a gesture stronger than words.Within the Law
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.
I will now regard the second, third, and fourth links of the chain.
No links must be broken, no chasms bridged, in the scientific series.Life: Its True Genesis
R. W. Wright
- short for golf links
- (as modifier)a links course
- mainly Scot undulating sandy ground near the shore
- 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 links
"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.
"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.
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.
- 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.