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.

Nearby words

  1. liniment,
  2. linin,
  3. lining,
  4. linitis,
  5. linitis plastica,
  6. link motion,
  7. link trainer,
  8. linkage,
  9. linkage disequilibrium,
  10. linkage editor

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 formslink·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 linker

British Dictionary definitions for linker



computing a program that adjusts two or more machine-language program segments so that they may be simultaneously loaded and executed as a unit
(in systemic grammar) a word that links one word, phrase, sentence, or clause to another; a co-ordinating conjunction or a sentence connectorCompare binder (def. 11)




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
Derived Formslinkable, adjective

Word Origin for link

C14: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hlekkr link




(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 linker
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Medicine definitions for linker




A fragment of synthetic DNA containing a restriction site that may be used for splicing of genes.

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Science definitions for linker



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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