link

1 [lingk]
noun
1.
one of the rings or separate pieces of which a chain is composed.
2.
anything serving to connect one part or thing with another; a bond or tie: The locket was a link with the past.
3.
a unit in a communications system, as a radio relay station or a television booster station.
4.
any of a series of sausages in a chain.
5.
a cuff link.
6.
a ring, loop, or the like: a link of hair.
7.
Computers. an object, as text or graphics, linked through hypertext to a document, another object, etc.
8.
Surveying, Civil Engineering.
a.
(in a surveyor's chain) a unit of length equal to 7.92 inches (20.12 centimeters).
b.
one of 100 rods or loops of equal length forming a surveyor's or engineer's chain.
9.
Chemistry, bond1 ( def 15 ).
10.
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)
11.
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.

Origin:
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.
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link1 (lɪŋk)
 
n
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
 
vb
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]
 
'linkable1
 
adj

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

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Word Origin & History

link
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.
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Science Dictionary
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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Example sentences
The pipeline linking ecological discovery to bioengineering insight.
The more pages that link to a page--and the more pages linking to the
  linkers--the more relevant the original page.
They did this by linking together the helical columns with loops to restrict
  their motions.
After organic memory direct computer linking will be next.
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