link

Definitions

General English

  • noun something which connects two things or places
  • verb to join places or things together
  • verb to be related in some way

Accounting

  • verb to join or to attach to something else

Agriculture

  • noun a measurement, forming one loop of a chain (one-hundredth of a surveying chain, or 7.92 inches)

Cars & Driving

  • noun a movable, hinged piece connecting moving parts of a machine

Computing

  • noun a communications path or channel between two components or devices
  • noun a software routine that allows data transfer between incompatible programs
  • verb to join or interface two pieces of software or hardware

Construction

  • The circuit that connects two points.
  • An enclosed connector between two buildings.

Electronics

  • A unit within a series of units which are interconnected. For example, a component connecting moving parts of a machine. Also, to use such units for interconnecting.
  • A communications line or channel connecting two points or entities, and via which information may be transmitted. Also, the creation of such a link. Also, the resources which facilitate such a link. For instance, a network component connecting two nodes.
  • An element within an electronic document, such as that displayed on a computer monitor, which connects to other elements in different locations in the same or different documents. A link may be displayed as text, an icon, an image, or the like, and is usually accessed by clicking on it with a mouse or its equivalent. When viewing a Web page, for instance, such text, or hypertext, often appears underlined. Also, to create such an element. Also called hyperlink.
  • In computer programming, an instruction or address which transfers control to a subroutine or another program.
  • In data management, to interconnect data elements through the use of a pointer.

Information & Library Science

  • noun a relationship between two or more things either by a physical connection or by a common idea which enables them to work together
  • noun a hypertext connection which allows users to move to another related part of the Internet

Media Studies

  • noun a piece of speech that introduces the next item in television or radio broadcasting
  • verb to make a linking piece of speech to the next broadcast item

Medical

  • verb to be related to or associated with something

Military

  • noun a metal clip used to fasten rounds of machine-gun ammunition together, in order to form belts

Origin & History of “link”

Link goes back ultimately to prehistoric Germanic *khlangkjaz, whose underlying meaning element was ‘bending’ (it also has close relatives in English flank (12th c.), flinch (16th c.), and lank (OE)). ‘Bending’ implies ‘joints’ and ‘links’, and this is the meaning which is the word is presumed to have had when it passed into Old Norse as *hlenkrfrom which English acquired link.

There is, incidentally, no etymological connection with the now obsolete link ‘torch’ (16th c.), which may have come via medieval Latin linchinus from Greek lúkhnos ‘lamp’, nor with the links on which golf is played, which goes back to Old English hlincas, the plural of hlinc ‘rising ground, ridge’.
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