Meaning of LINK in English

I. ˈliŋk noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English hlinc; akin to Old English hlanc lank — more at lank


a. now dialect Britain : a ridge of land : stretch of rising ground

b. links plural , chiefly Scotland : sandy level or undulating land built up along a coastline

2. links plural but singular or plural in construction

a. archaic : a seaside golf course : a golf course built on coastal links

b. : golf course

II. noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse hlekkr chain, link; akin to Old Norse hlykkr bend, noose — more at lank

1. : a connecting structure (as a loop by which something is made fast): as

a. links plural , obsolete : fetters


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

(2) : one of the standardized links of a surveyor's chain being 7.92 inches long and serving as a measure of length

c. : cuff link

d. : bond 3e

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

f. : the fusible member of a fuse designed to melt when an excessive current flows

g. : a metal unit that connects the cartridges of an automatic weapon and with them forms a feed belt

2. : something analogous to a link of chain (as in form, function, or serial arrangement): as


(1) : one of the segments into which sausage in continuous casing is usually constricted (as by tying) at regular intervals

(2) : a small sausage resembling one of the links of a chain of sausage but not being part of a chain

(3) links plural : a chain of sausages

b. : a unifying element : a means of connecting or communicating

the letters that were the last link with her past

love of nature forms a link with our pioneer ancestors

c. : a constructive part of a mechanism having at least two elements belonging to different pairs

d. : a unit in a communication system (as a radio transmitter and receiver operating together to form part of a more extensive communication system)

3. links plural , dialect : a winding of a river or watercourse ; also : the ground along such a winding

4. : a step in ballroom dancing involving weaving forward and back in the manner of the grapevine

III. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English linken, from link (II)

transitive verb

1. : to couple or connect by or as if by a connecting element

to link the new settlements on the Pacific with the settled east — R.H.Brown

none of the subjects that linked us together could be talked about — Nevil Shute

linking the human heart to the life of the earth — Laurence Binyon

— often used with up

the … elaborate network of schools linked up with industry — A.R.Williams

2. dialect Britain : to take (a person) by the arm usually as an escort : walk arm in arm with

3. chiefly Britain : loop 3

intransitive verb

1. : to become coupled or connected especially by means of a connecting element

a piston links to a drive shaft by means of a connecting rod

— often used with up

the two families link up through the marriage of a daughter and son

2. : to form a connection or association

the newer company linked with several older ones in self-protection

especially : to join company — often used with up

linked up with two young waitresses … off for the evening — Earle Birney

Synonyms: see join

IV. adjective

Etymology: link (II)

1. : relating to or made of links

a link fence

link sausage

2. : serving to connect ; specifically : functioning as a linguistic connective

V. noun

( -s )

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

1. : a torch (as of tow and pitch) formerly used to light a person on his way through the streets

2. : linkboy , linkman

3. obsolete : a black coloring agent or blacking sometimes considered to have been lampblack

VI. intransitive verb

Etymology: origin unknown

Scotland : to trip along : walk or move smartly and quickly

VII. adjective

Etymology: Yiddish, from Middle High German linc, lenc left, awkward, ignorant; akin to Old High German lenka left hand and probably to Latin languēre to be languid — more at slack

: not devout : lax in respect to religious observances

VIII. noun

: 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

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.