Etymology
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link (n.)

early 15c., "one of a series of rings or loops which form a chain; section of a cord," probably from Old Norse *hlenkr or a similar Scandinavian source (compare Old Norse hlekkr "link," in plural, "chain;" Old Swedish lænker "chain, link," Norwegian lenke "a link," Danish lænke "a chain," German Gelenk "articulation, a joint of the body; a link, ring"), from Proto-Germanic *khlink- (source also of German lenken "to bend, turn, lead"), from PIE root *kleng- "to bend, turn." Related to lank, flank, flinch.

The noun is not found in Old English, where it is represented by lank "the hip" ("turn of the body"), hlencan (plural) "armor." Meaning "a division of a sausage made in a continuous chain" is from mid-15c. Meaning "anything serving to connect one thing or part with another" is from 1540s. Sense of "means of telecommunication between two points" is from 1911. Missing link between man and apes dates to 1880.

link (n.2)

"torch of tow, pitch, etc.," 1520s, of uncertain origin, possibly from Medieval Latin linchinus, from lichinus "wick," from Greek lykhnos "portable light, lamp," from PIE root *leuk- "light, brightness."

link (v.)

"to bind, fasten, couple, unite as if by links," late 14c., believed to be from link (n.1), though it is attested earlier. Intransitive sense "become connected, join in marriage" is from 1530s. Related: Linked; linking.

link (n.3)

"undulating sandy ground," especially in a golf course; see links.

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Definitions of link
1
link (n.)
the means of connection between things linked in series;
Synonyms: nexus
link (n.)
a fastener that serves to join or connect;
the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction
Synonyms: linkup / tie / tie-in
link (n.)
the state of being connected;
Synonyms: connection / connectedness
link (n.)
a connecting shape;
Synonyms: connection / connexion
link (n.)
a unit of length equal to 1/100 of a chain;
link (n.)
(computing) an instruction that connects one part of a program or an element on a list to another program or list;
link (n.)
a channel for communication between groups;
Synonyms: liaison / contact / inter-group communication
link (n.)
a two-way radio communication system (usually microwave); part of a more extensive telecommunication network;
Synonyms: radio link
link (n.)
an interconnecting circuit between two or more locations for the purpose of transmitting and receiving data;
Synonyms: data link
2
link (v.)
make a logical or causal connection;
Synonyms: associate / tie in / relate / colligate / link up / connect
link (v.)
connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces;
Synonyms: connect / tie / link up
link (v.)
be or become joined or united or linked;
The travelers linked up again at the airport
Synonyms: connect / link up / join / unite
link (v.)
link with or as with a yoke;
Synonyms: yoke
From wordnet.princeton.edu