AskDefine | Define link

Dictionary Definition



1 the means of connection between things linked in series [syn: nexus]
2 a fastener that serves to join or link; "the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction" [syn: linkup, tie, tie-in]
3 the state of being connected; "the connection between church and state is inescapable" [syn: connection, connectedness] [ant: disjunction]
4 a connecting shape [syn: connection, connexion]
5 a unit of length equal to 1/100 of a chain
6 (computing) an instruction that connects one part of a program or an element on a list to another program or list
7 a channel for communication between groups; "he provided a liaison with the guerrillas" [syn: liaison, contact, inter-group communication]
8 a two-way radio communication system (usually microwave); part of a more extensive telecommunication network [syn: radio link]
9 an interconnecting circuit between two or more locations for the purpose of transmitting and receiving data [syn: data link]


1 make a logical or causal connection; "I cannot connect these two pieces of evidence in my mind"; "colligate these facts"; "I cannot relate these events at all" [syn: associate, tie in, relate, colligate, link up, connect] [ant: decouple]
2 connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?"; "Tie the ropes together"; "Link arms" [syn: connect, tie, link up] [ant: disconnect]
3 be or become joined or united or linked; "The two streets connect to become a highway"; "Our paths joined"; "The travelers linked up again at the airport" [syn: connect, link up, join, unite]
4 link with or as with a yoke; "yoke the oxen together" [syn: yoke]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1

From linke probably from *|hlenkr, from . Used in English since the 14th Century.


  1. A connection between places, persons, events, or things.
    The mayor’s assistant serves as the link to the media.
  2. One element of a chain.
    The third link of the silver chain needs to be resoldered.
    The weakest link.
  3. The connection between busses or systems.
    A by-N-link is composed of N lanes.
  4. Shortened form of hyperlink, especially one implemented in HTML.
    The link on the page points to the sports scores.
  5. A space comprising one or more disjoint knots.
Derived terms
  • Chinese: 連結 (liánjíe)
  • Czech: spojení, propojení
  • Danish: forbindelse
  • Dutch: link, verbinding, relatie, koppeling
  • Finnish: yhteys
  • French: lien
  • German: Verbindung
  • Hebrew: קשר, קישור
  • Italian: collegamento, lega, connessione
  • Portuguese: ligação
  • Russian: связь
  • Spanish: enlace
  • Swedish: anknytning, länk
  • West Frisian: ferbining, keppeling
element of a chain
  • Chinese: 連結 (liánjíe)
  • Czech: článek
  • Danish: led
  • Dutch: schakel
  • Finnish: linkki
  • French: maillon
  • German: Verknüpfung
  • Hebrew: חוליה
  • Italian: anello
  • Portuguese: elo
  • Russian: звено
  • Spanish: eslabón
  • Swedish: länk
  • West Frisian: keppeling
computing: connection between busses or systems
  • Danish: link, forbindelse
  • Dutch: link, verbinding
  • Italian: connessione
  • Portuguese: ligação
computing: hyperlink
  • Czech: odkaz
  • Danish: link
  • Dutch: link, koppeling, verwijzing
  • Finnish: linkki
  • German: Link, Hyperlink
  • Indonesian: pranala
  • Italian: link, collegamento
  • Lower Sorbian:
  • Polish: link
  • Portuguese: ligação
  • Romanian: hyperlink, legătură
  • Russian: гиперссылка , ссылка
  • Spanish: hipervínculo
  • Swedish: hyperlänk, länk


  1. To connect two or more things.
connect things

Etymology 2

Plausibly a modification of linchinus, an alteration of lynchinus, itself from λυχνοσ, akin to λευκοσ.


  1. A torch, used to light dark streets.
Derived terms
  • Dutch: fakkel, flambouw, toorts
  • French: flambeau, torche

Etymology 3

Origin unknown.


  1. To skip or trip along smartly.
skip along


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Etymology 1







From link

Extensive Definition

__NOEDITSECTION__ Link may refer to:



  • Reciprocal link, two way links to and from websites, also known as "link swaps", "link exchanges" and "link partners"
  • Hyperlink, a reference in a hypertext document to another document or other resource
  • Links (web browser), a web browser for Unix-like systems
  • Magnet: URI scheme, a URI scheme for magnet links for downloading resources via peer-to-peer networks
  • , an HTML element that is used to link web pages with other resources such as Cascading Style Sheets


  • Hard link, a reference or pointer to physical data on a storage volume
  • Symbolic link, a special type of file that serves as a reference to another file


  • LINK+, an online library catalog
  • The Link Trainer, an early type of flight simulator


  • Linked list, a basic data structure
  • Static link, used in programming languages like Pascal to support nested functions, allowing a nested function to access the local variables of its parent
  • Linker, a program that takes one or more objects generated by compilers and assembles them into a single executable program
  • Links (programming language), a programming language for web applications


  • Hong Kong Link, a holding company for toll tunnels and bridges wholly owned by the Government of Hong Kong
  • Liberty in North Korea (LiNK), a human rights advocacy group
  • LINK or Project LINK, a United Nations project to build global macroeconomic models
  • The Link (organisation), a short-lived British organization founded in 1937 "to promote Anglo-German friendship"
  • The Link REIT, a real estate investment trust established by the Hong Kong Housing Authority to privatize shopping malls and carparks
  • LINKS, a collection of student run St John Ambulance units
  • The Links, Incorporated, an African-American female professional service organization
  • LINK (UK), an ATM network in the United Kingdom





  • Link TV, an independent American satellite television network


  • Link (film), a 1986 horror movie featuring an orangutan of that name
  • "Link", the ice age man in the 1992 American comedy film Encino Man

Fictional characters

Video games


  • Link (rapper), an American rapper
  • Links 2-3-4, a 2001 single by Rammstein
  • Link (album), a 1996 Goa trance album by Mathuresh
  • Link (song), a single by the Japanese band L'Arc-en-Ciel
  • WLNK (107. 9 the Link), a talk/hot adult contemporary radio station in Charlotte, North Carolina


link in Czech: Link
link in German: Link
link in Spanish: Enlace
link in French: Lien
link in Galician: Enlace
link in Korean: 링크
link in Italian: Link
link in Dutch: Link
link in Japanese: リンク
link in Polish: Link
link in Swedish: Länk
link in Thai: ลิงก์

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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