link

1
[lingk]
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noun

verb (used with or without object)

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.
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 joint
Related formslink·er, noun

Synonyms for link

Synonym study

2. See bond1.

Word story

7, 12b. See Internet.

link

2
[lingk]

noun

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
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British Dictionary definitions for link

link

1

noun

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

verb

(often foll by up) to connect or be connected with or as if with links
(tr) to connect by association, etc
Derived Formslinkable, adjective

Word Origin for link

C14: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hlekkr link

link

2

noun

(formerly) a torch used to light dark streets

Word Origin for link

C16: perhaps from Latin lychnus, from Greek lukhnos lamp
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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.

n.2

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

v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for link

link

[lĭngk]

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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