noun

  • 1A relationship between two things or situations, especially where one affects the other.

    ‘a commission to investigate a link between pollution and forest decline’
    • ‘Police were yesterday investigating possible links with a knife attack in nearby London Fields last Thursday.’
    • ‘Our results suggest a possible causal link between airborne particulate matter from traffic and chronic respiratory symptoms.’
    • ‘Further research will be necessary to determine the direction of causality of that link and to investigate possible links with aggressive behavior.’
    • ‘The work will look at what else in the body is affected by anti-inflammatory drugs to identify potential links with bowel cancer.’
    • ‘Police in Salisbury are investigating links with an armed robbery in Amesbury, after a man was seen with a handgun last week.’
    • ‘The most in-depth study ever conducted into the links between drugs, street prostitution and homelessness in Glasgow is to be published on Friday.’
    • ‘In these circumstances, and without more, it seems to me that the necessary causal link is sufficiently established.’
    • ‘Dieticians say the survey shows the clear link between obesity and deprivation.’
    connection, relationship, relatedness, association, linkage, tie-up
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    1. 1.1A relationship or connection between people, countries, or organizations.
      ‘he retained strong links with the media’
      • ‘A succession of tutors was his only tenuous link with the larger world.’
      • ‘‘Ken has close links with other company chairmen and chief executives and investors,’ says Park.’
      • ‘At the time, the Arab ambassadors expressed their interest in fostering more business links with Scottish companies.’
      • ‘He omitted to tell investors of his links with some of those companies.’
      • ‘He now has a Birmingham and a Westmead branch as well as links with many other companies.’
      • ‘Some insurance companies have links with alarm providers and locksmiths who may offer extra discount on the cost of locks or alarms.’
      • ‘I applaud social, cultural and trading links with our European friends.’
      • ‘We are trying to reach as many of our former students and graduates as possible to tell them to come along and meet old friends and renew links with their former college.’
      • ‘He said Bradford had many experts in inter-faith relations and good links with other faith leaders, which made the city the perfect place to deliver training.’
      • ‘This makes it harder to question and challenge the structures and authorities which affect our lives or to make the links with others in similar situations or who will support us.’
      • ‘It has developed links with 8,500 companies and with all of York and North Yorkshire's secondary schools, and 85 per cent of its primary schools.’
      • ‘For those who want a stable Asia, the interest in establishing close links with Japan should be obvious.’
      • ‘The US study found men who do not have many close links with friends and family have higher levels of a blood molecule which indicates inflammation.’
      • ‘She will tell universities they must forge closer links with their local communities and schools.’
      • ‘The spokesman said one of the conditions of the company continuing their contract was that he severed links with the company.’
      • ‘All these magazines have deals with the record companies, even personal links with the stars themselves.’
      • ‘Most Pakistani Americans maintain close links with relatives and friends in Pakistan.’
      • ‘What is the University doing to forge closer links with the local community?’
      • ‘He also asserted that they had yet to investigate to see if there were any links with some of the executives at the state company.’
      • ‘When that happens we deal with the culprits and we have established good links with the bus company.’
    2. 1.2Something that enables communication between people.
      ‘sign language interpreters represent a vital link between the deaf and hearing communities’
      • ‘The nurse is the communication link between the doctor and the patient, the patient and the family, and the family and the doctor.’
      • ‘But officers are hoping two separate regiments will preserve many more traditions and close community links which are vital to strong recruitment.’
      • ‘The origins of this project lie in the aspirations of the EU to foster and develop greater links of communication and co-operation between Europeans.’
      • ‘These ‘storyboards’ became powerful communication links for all who walked the Disney halls.’
      • ‘He has been a beat officer for the past three years and is a vital link between the community and police.’
    3. 1.3A means of contact, travel, or transport between two places.
      ‘they set up a satellite link with Tokyo’
      ‘a high-speed rail link to the Channel Tunnel’
      • ‘The Teledesic architecture is wireless point-to-point links between a satellite and a fixed station on the ground.’
      • ‘Roads, rail links, airports, public housing, factories - all subsidised for the central economy - were on the brink of ruin.’
      • ‘To keep up, we not only must build more effective transportation links, but we must operate them more efficiently.’
      • ‘Yet, distance is not the only criteria on which to compare the options of VHF and satellite links.’
      • ‘Satellite links will also be useful whenever time is an issue.’
      • ‘Transportation links by road and water continue to be erratic in Croatia, so flying to Split and taking the ferry remains the most efficient means of getting to and from the island.’
      • ‘Damage to roads and other transport links was extensive, and took many days to repair.’
      • ‘While HAPs are unproven, Internet traffic is traveling over geosynchronous satellite links today.’
      • ‘Before there were roads or rail links, the colony built a pier so boats could transport people and supplies from Mobile.’
      • ‘From now on, he said, bosses of commerce and industry will have a real say on issues like allocating land for business and housing development, road links and transportation.’
      • ‘Residents are set to fight plans for a proposed link road to ease traffic congestion between Wigan and Atherton.’
      • ‘A look at a map will confirm that the ‘natural’ east-west rail and road links converge on Montreal.’
      • ‘And, he said, some of the planned improvements in existing road and public transport links would make all the difference.’
      • ‘Further, the committee also stated that all the link roads were carrying traffic much above their capacity.’
      • ‘What's more, secondary ports tend to lack the high-capacity road and rail links that big transport centers demand.’
      • ‘An exclusion zone has been declared, and road and transport links nearby have been closed.’
      • ‘However, Mr Clark stressed the need to improve road transport links to the airport because of its location.’
      • ‘Each of the flats for the deaf has been set up with a computer video link, enabling the deaf tenants to communicate in sign language with workers in the staff base.’
      • ‘The problem is, they can already do so via commercial services that use satellite links to provide in-flight Wi-Fi access.’
      • ‘Lastly, the state of the rail and road links between Hastings and London is a reason to improve the digital connectivity - making it less necessary to travel.’
    4. 1.4Computing
      A code or instruction which connects one part of a program or an element in a list to another.
      • ‘Do you want to know the best way to obtain inbound links to your web site?’
      • ‘One hides its adverts amongst the normal links at the bottom of each page.’
      • ‘You may republish if you include an active link to the original and leave this notice in place.’
      • ‘Sorry I can't post a direct link to any direct article.’
      • ‘Click on the audio link at the bottom of the page.’
    5. 1.5
      short for hyperlink
  • 2A ring or loop in a chain.

    ‘a chain made of steel links’
    figurative ‘ministers are the vital link in the chain between the civil service and Parliament’
    • ‘She had me stop and asked me where the original idea behind starting the conversation had originated and we mentally retraced the links in my chain of thought back to the totally innocuous thing that had started it.’
    • ‘Many of the men wear finely-wrought gold rings, like open links of chain, around their necks.’
    • ‘That simple purchase, however, was foreordained to be a vital link in the chain of Reformation history in England.’
    • ‘He makes a speciality of finding the weak link in the chain.’
    • ‘The police know there are people who could provide those vital missing links which would bring the driver to justice.’
    • ‘The other vital link in the chain are the bureaucrats.’
    • ‘Strengthen the primary and assistance muscles and you'll have no weak links in the chain.’
    • ‘The purpose of this study is to provide one missing link in a growing chain of knowledge.’
    • ‘On his right arm just above the elbow he wore several cords, and one chain of metal links, with charms attached to them.’
    • ‘It is a tactic he has employed before, but it serves to clarify hidden links in a chain of process and development.’
    • ‘All commands of this chain will keep rotating in the replay loop one by one like links of the chain circled around a rod.’
    • ‘Not all the links in their chain of logic are steel.’
    • ‘You start with a problem and you uncover deeper and quiet different contents in the chain of links leading to the deepest cause of the problem you started with.’
    • ‘I'm swinging so high that the chain links rattle at the top of each arc.’
    • ‘That earns you a suit of medieval armor and a giant cannonball lashed to your left leg with five links of rusty chain.’
    • ‘Of the three links in his argument chain, I do not dispute the last.’
    • ‘I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.’
    • ‘It is important that the Government does not break any links in the chain when implementing the report.’
    • ‘The bay is made up of two parts, like two links in a chain, separated by a coral or sandbar.’
    • ‘In reality, even in the first links of the chain of causality the causes have already flowed and dissolved beyond the scope of our vision.’
    loop, ring, connection, connective, connector, coupling, joint, knot
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    1. 2.1A unit of measurement of length equal to one hundredth of a surveying chain (7.92 inches).

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 Make, form, or suggest a connection with or between.

    ‘rumours that linked his name with Judith’
    ‘foreign and domestic policy are linked’
    [no object] ‘she linked up with an artistic group’
    • ‘As he suggests, linking artistic motivation with money purely to increase the ease of studying copyright would be too simplistic.’
    • ‘There was nothing more than anecdotal evidence to suggest illnesses were linked to the scheme.’
    • ‘It also has a cross border element and is also linked up with schools in Austria and Luxembourg.’
    • ‘The club have linked up with the nearby secondary school in the search for design ideas for next season's new kits.’
    • ‘He went into sports sponsorship full time, setting up deals in football and motor sport, sometimes linking the pair together.’
    • ‘But the fact of the matter is that people, personalities and policy are closely linked.’
    • ‘In this connection he links Vermeer's name to that of Canaletto, who is believed to have used the camera extensively and who is also remarkable for his wide-angle perspectives.’
    • ‘And when he returned to England, he linked up with his old school to send out unwanted books.’
    • ‘Every pupil will be linked up with an undergraduate mentor and they will attend lectures as well as lessons.’
    • ‘The exhibit suggests that body art links an individual to a society, group, or class.’
    • ‘The liberal view is that linking them together has been a successful policy over a period of decades and that whatever changes may or may not be made to the program should preserve this linkage.’
    • ‘What links Carnaby Street boutiques with the Hornsey student sit-in of May '68?’
    • ‘Vision links strategic policy to tactical actions; leadership relates to training the next generation of military personnel.’
    • ‘Several potential mechanisms have been suggested linking cardiovascular disease and death with binge drinking and alcohol withdrawal.’
    • ‘The moment we linked up with dogs is probably one of the most crucial events in human history.’
    • ‘The former Real Madrid ace linked up with his new Middlesbrough team mates for the first time yesterday.’
    • ‘The bid to avoid deadlock at the summit also suggested linking the rebate's evolution to agricultural aid after 2013.’
    • ‘An alternative view might instead suggest linking globalization to the creation of a global regulatory framework that would make markets accountable to international political institutions.’
    • ‘It linked up with the experiences of the workforce and appealed directly to them.’
    • ‘Reports suggested the alert was linked to a series of attacks with a white powder being sent to banks across the area.’
    associate, connect, relate, join, bracket, draw a connection between, marry, wed
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    1. 1.1Connect or join physically.
      [with object] ‘a network of routes linking towns and villages’
      ‘the cows are linked up to milking machines’
      • ‘The property also links to Shop Street, one of Galway's main retail areas.’
      • ‘To share the video conversation with a wider audience, the phone can be linked up to a TV.’
      • ‘In addition to linking villages to market towns and services such as doctors' surgeries and Green Hammerton post office, the mini-bus will be available for hire by community groups and schools.’
      • ‘The suggestion for linking our major rivers is not new.’
      • ‘The 3-kilometer tunnel links Sochi with five settlements in the mountains, including the popular Krasnaya Polyana ski resort.’
      • ‘They are medium-distance through-routes connecting important towns and linking the national primary routes.’
      • ‘Direct trains to Greenwich, Lewisham, Gravesend and Charing Cross, combined with several bus routes linking the town to Dartford and Bluewater, make it easy to get in and out of Crayford.’
      • ‘The property is adjacent to the Great Southern Hotel and also links to Shop Street, one of Galway's main retail areas.’
      • ‘North Yorkshire Police had raised concerns over the plans, because of the small size of the building, suggesting the staircase linking the two floors could become a flashpoint for any trouble.’
      • ‘An extensive network of highways links Mexican cities and towns.’
      • ‘There are direct and mechanical effects, such as flicking a light switch that directly links two pieces of metal, and a light goes on immediately.’
      • ‘Officers believe the vandals followed a route as the targeted streets all link up with one another.’
      • ‘The town is considering extending the trails to eventually link the entire route around the lake.’
      • ‘Do not link more than three light strands, unless the directions indicate it is safe.’
      • ‘It is one of only a few routes linking the village with Colchester and diversions will have to be set up directing traffic on to a narrower route along Haye Lane.’
      • ‘They were never linked up to Tendring Council's monitoring centre and were not maintained.’
      • ‘Instead, new bus routes will link town centres and communities to railway stations.’
      • ‘Built on an old railway line, the 35-mile track links Bordeaux with Sauveterre de Guyenne.’
      • ‘What about the promise that Sligo would be linked up to the new natural gas line?’
      • ‘The bus station is set to be built on what is currently Osborne Street, and link with the proposed Vineyard Gate shopping development.’
    2. 1.2Computing
      Create a hyperlink between (web pages or hypertext documents)
      ‘I've had problems linking my blog to other websites’
      [no object] ‘it turns out he reads my blogs and was very pleased I'd linked to his article’
      • ‘Browse the articles to which I've linked below for information on particular varieties of flowering landscape trees.’
      • ‘Why am I the only libertarian blogger linking this?’
      • ‘Linking to and posting interesting messages on other relevant blogs may help build an audience, particularly if those other bloggers link back to you.’
      • ‘His address can be found at the web page linked in the next paragraph.’
      • ‘Check out the first book in the series, conveniently linked below.’
      • ‘The article linked to above makes some good points.’
      • ‘Notes about each song including lyrics can be found on the individual song page linked below.’
      • ‘Placing your portfolio on the Web allows you to link your pages to related information, which helps to situate your work within a broader context of your choosing.’
      • ‘Bloggers link to articles and opinion pieces all the time without independently checking the facts in them.’
      • ‘Sorry about the bad link earlier, I can't seem to link the page directly.’
      • ‘As a writer for this and other magazines, I find my stuff often gets linked to by assorted bloggers.’
      • ‘Specific research interests are listed on the individual faculty pages linked at the left.’
      • ‘The article linked above, for example, gives fascinating insights into the people of Ethiopia.’
      • ‘Right now that URL links to an older post of mine, but I will update it after the conference itself.’
      • ‘Bloggers link to other blogger's posts to argue with them.’
      • ‘You will have to forgive me (or at least I'm asking you to) for linking news articles with such fervor in recent times.’
      • ‘Second, this material has to be converted to HTML, and the resulting pages linked to the course homepage.’
      • ‘Make sure that all site map pages are linked together.’
    3. 1.3Clasp; intertwine.
      ‘once outside he linked arms with her’
      • ‘Arms will be linked, kisses exchanged and a chorus of Auld Lang Syne belted out.’
      • ‘She didn't let any of her new nervousness show and forced a smile as she showed off the dress before linking her arm through his once more and then walking back up the aisle.’
      • ‘In Kiev, protesters standing five deep and linking arms blockaded the cabinet building.’
      • ‘It would take over 25 people linking arms to form a circle around some of the largest of these trees.’
      • ‘I picked him up and we linked arms and headed to my house.’
      • ‘And I'll tell you, I'm prepared to link arms with John and others and get this done.’
      • ‘More floral tributes were laid on Monday by her friends, who approached the site linking arms.’
      • ‘‘And off we go to Spanish,’ she continued, linking an arm in mine.’
      • ‘That is not the best position from which to link arms and march boldly towards the future.’
      • ‘Encouraging everyone to link arms, he said this was a massive show of solidarity on the part of Waterford and the Government was not going to break it.’
      • ‘It meant being prepared to link arms with their political opponents in the centre and the right in opposition to terrorism.’
      • ‘But they made it a night to remember, with fireworks, a sound system belting out Auld Lang Syne, and revellers linking arms with police and dancing in the street.’
      • ‘‘Yeah,’ she whispered, linking her arm in his as they left the room.’
      • ‘Hundreds of European fishermen are to link arms in a unique show of solidarity as they fight to save their industry from a predicted collapse.’
      • ‘Before I even know what he's doing, he links his arms around my waist and he pulls me closer.’
      • ‘I link arms with my agent, my soul mate, my wife.’
      • ‘She links her arm through mine and directs me gently down the path.’
      • ‘We linked arms and sang the Lambeth Walk and formed a conga line, there was laughter, and singing.’
      • ‘I follow Matt outside, where he links his arm with mine.’
      • ‘Finally she links her arm into mine again and starts walking.’

Origin

Late Middle English (denoting a loop; also as a verb in the sense ‘connect physically’): from Old Norse hlekkr, of Germanic origin; related to German Gelenk joint.

Pronunciation:

link

/lɪŋk/

noun

historical
  • A torch of pitch and tow for lighting the way in dark streets.

Origin

Early 16th century: perhaps from medieval Latin li(n)chinus wick, from Greek lukhnos light.

Pronunciation:

link

/lɪŋk/