before 1100; Middle English lynkys slopes, Old English hlincas, plural of hlinc rising ground, equivalent to hlin(ian) to lean1, bend (akin to Greek klī́nein to cause to slope) + -k suffix

links, lynx. Unabridged


1 [lingk]
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.
verb (used with object), verb (used 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.

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

linker, noun

2. connection, connective, copula. 10. bond, league, conjoin, fasten, bind, tie, pin.


2 [lingk]
a torch, especially of tow and pitch.

1520–30; perhaps special use of link1; the torches so called may have been made of strands twisted together in chainlike form Unabridged
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link1 (lɪŋk)
1.  any of the separate rings, loops, or pieces that connect or make up a chain
2.  something that resembles such a ring, loop, or piece
3.  a road, rail, air, or sea connection, as between two main routes
4.  a connecting part or episode
5.  a connecting piece in a mechanism, often having pivoted ends
6.  Also called: radio link a system of transmitters and receivers that connect two locations by means of radio and television signals
7.  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
8.  computing short for hyperlink
9.  weak link an unreliable person or thing within an organization or system
10.  (often foll by up) to connect or be connected with or as if with links
11.  (tr) to connect by association, etc
[C14: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hlekkr link]

link2 (lɪŋk)
(formerly) a torch used to light dark streets
[C16: perhaps from Latin lychnus, from Greek lukhnos lamp]

links (lɪŋks)
pl n
1.  a.  short for golf links
 b.  (as modifier): a links course
2.  chiefly (Scot) undulating sandy ground near the shore
[Old English hlincas plural of hlinc ridge]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "one of a series of rings or loops which form a chain," probably from O.N. *hlenkr (cf. O.Swed. lænker "chain, link," Norw. lenke, Dan. lænke), from P.Gmc. *khlankijaz (cf. Ger. lenken "to bend, turn, lead," gelenk "articulation, joint, link," O.E. hlencan (pl.) "armor"), from PIE
base *qleng- "to bend." The verb (late 14c.) is believed to be from the noun, though it is attested earlier. Missing link between man and apes dates to 1880.

"undulating sandy ground," 1728, from Scottish/Northumbrian link "sandy, rolling ground near seashore," from O.E. hlinc "rising ground, ridge;" perhaps from the same P.Gmc. root as lean (v.); cf. O.E. hlinan "to lean." 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.
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link   (lĭngk)  Pronunciation Key 
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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Computing Dictionary

links definition


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Example sentences
The links below are another route to the forecasts you can find using the map
To go to a city forecast, please go to our index pages and follow the links to
  the city you want.
Links at the top of the page are to graphics and articles with basic
  information for anyone who knows little about weather.
Another is to determine any links between the virus and human disease,
  including other kinds of cancer.
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