[ lingkt ]
/ lɪŋkt /

adjective Genetics.

(of a gene) exhibiting linkage.

Origin of linked

1400–50 for literal sense; late Middle English; see link1, -ed2

Related forms

well-linked, adjective

Definition for linked (2 of 2)


[ lingk ]
/ lɪŋk /


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.
  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

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 forms

link·er, noun

Synonym study

2. See bond1.

Word story

7, 12b. See Internet. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for linked

British Dictionary definitions for linked (1 of 2)


/ (lɪŋk) /



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

Derived Forms

linkable, adjective

Word Origin for link

C14: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hlekkr link

British Dictionary definitions for linked (2 of 2)


/ (lɪŋk) /


(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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Medicine definitions for linked


[ lĭngkt ]


Exhibiting linkage.
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Science definitions for linked


[ 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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