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[lingks] /lɪŋks/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
Origin
1100
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
Can be confused
links, lynx.

link1

[lingk] /lɪŋk/
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.
  1. (in a surveyor's chain) a unit of length equal to 7.92 inches (20.12 centimeters).
  2. 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
Related forms
linker, noun
Synonyms
2. connection, connective, copula. 10. bond, league, conjoin, fasten, bind, tie, pin.

link2

[lingk] /lɪŋk/
noun
1.
a torch, especially of tow and pitch.
Origin
1520-30; perhaps special use of link1; the torches so called may have been made of strands twisted together in chainlike form
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Examples from the web for links
  • The links below are another route to the forecasts you can find using the map above.
  • 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.
  • Page noticed that while it was trivial to follow links from one page to another, it was nontrivial to discover links back.
  • Magnolia is a free, public service for saving links to websites.
  • Kids can find out here and follow the links to learn more about their senators.
  • links to many resources for understanding volcanism.
  • Then browse photos and links, and share your thoughts.
  • Click for more great links related to this activity.
British Dictionary definitions for links

links

/lɪŋks/
plural noun
1.
  1. short for golf links
  2. (as modifier): a links course
2.
(mainly Scot) undulating sandy ground near the shore
Word Origin
Old English hlincas plural of hlinc ridge

link1

/lɪŋk/
noun
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
verb
10.
(often foll by up) to connect or be connected with or as if with links
11.
(transitive) to connect by association, etc
Derived Forms
linkable, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Scandinavian; compare Old Norse hlekkr link

link2

/lɪŋk/
noun
1.
(formerly) a torch used to light dark streets
Word Origin
C16: perhaps from Latin lychnus, from Greek lukhnos lamp
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Word Origin and History for links
n.

"undulating sandy ground," 1728, from Scottish/Northumbrian link "sandy, rolling ground near seashore," from Old English hlinc "rising ground, ridge;" perhaps from the same Proto-Germanic root as lean (v.). 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.

link

n.

early 15c., "one of a series of rings or loops which form a chain; section of a cord," probably from Old Norse *hlenkr or a similar Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse hlekkr "link," Old Swedish lænker "chain, link," Norwegian lenke, Danish lænke), from Proto-Germanic *khlink- (cf. German lenken "to bend, turn, lead," gelenk "articulation, joint, link," Old English hlencan (plural) "armor"), from PIE root *kleng- "to bend, turn." Missing link between man and apes dates to 1880.

"torch," 1520s, of uncertain origin, possibly from Medieval Latin linchinus, from lichinus "wick," from Greek lykhnos "portable light, lamp."

v.

"bind, fasten, to couple," late 14c., believed to be from link (n.), though it is attested earlier. Related: Linked; linking.

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links in Science
link
  (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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links in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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