Meaning of LINK in English

I. ˈliŋk noun

Etymology: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hlekkr chain; akin to Old English hlanc lank

Date: 15th century

1. : a connecting structure: as


(1) : a single ring or division of a chain

(2) : one of the standardized divisions of a surveyor's chain that is 7.92 inches (20.1 centimeters) long and serves as a measure of length

b. : cuff link

c. : bond 3c

d. : an intermediate rod or piece for transmitting force or motion ; especially : a short connecting rod with a hole or pin at each end

e. : the fusible member of an electrical fuse

2. : something analogous to a link of chain: as

a. : a segment of sausage in a chain

b. : a connecting element or factor

found a link between smoking and cancer

c. : a unit in a communication system

d. : an identifier attached to an element (as an index term) in a system in order to indicate or permit connection with other similarly identified elements ; especially : one (as a hyperlink) in a computer file

II. verb

Date: 15th century

transitive verb

: to couple or connect by or as if by a link

intransitive verb

: to become connected by or as if by a link — often used with up

the band link ed up with a new record label

Synonyms: see join

• link·er noun

III. noun

Etymology: perhaps modification of Medieval Latin linchinus candle, alteration of Latin lychnus, from Greek lychnos; akin to Greek leukos white — more at light

Date: 1526

: a torch formerly used to light a person's way through the streets

IV. intransitive verb

Etymology: origin unknown

Date: 1715

Scottish : to skip smartly along

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.