— linker , n.
/lingk/ , n.
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. Survey. , Civ. Engin.
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. Chem. bond 1 (def. 15).
10. Mach. a rigid, movable piece or rod, connected with other parts by means of pivots or the like, for the purpose of transmitting motion.
v.t. , v.i.
11. to join by or as if by a link or links; connect; unite (often fol. 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 ME link ( e ) laenkia chain; c. ON hlekkr link (pl., chain), OE hlence coat of chain mail, akin to G Gelenk joint ]
Syn. 2. connection, connective, copula. 10. bond, league, conjoin, fasten, bind, tie, pin.
/lingk/ , n.
a torch, esp. of tow and pitch.
[ 1520-30; perh. special use of LINK 1 ; the torches so called may have been made of strands twisted together in chainlike form ]