[ 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.


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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



link·er, noun

synonym study for link

2. See bond1.

historical usage of link

7, 12b. See Internet. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for linker

British Dictionary definitions for linker (1 of 3)

/ (ˈlɪŋkə) /


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)

British Dictionary definitions for linker (2 of 3)

/ (lɪŋk) /



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

Derived forms of link

linkable, adjective

Word Origin for link

C14: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hlekkr link

British Dictionary definitions for linker (3 of 3)

/ (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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Medical definitions for linker

[ lĭngkər ]


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

[ 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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