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Sense: 1-6, 8
Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old Norse
Origin: hlekkr
Sense: 7
Date: 1700-1800
Origin: links 'rising ground, sand hills' (11-19 centuries), from Old English hlincas


2 noun
link2 S3 W2 [countable]
1 a way in which two things or ideas are related to each other
links between something (and something)
the link between drug use and crime
There are a number of links between the two theories.
2 a relationship or connection between two or more people, countries, organizations etc
link between
the close link between teacher and student
link with
The company has strong links with big investors.
forge/establish links
Organizers of the project hope that international links will be forged.
3 a person or thing that makes possible a relationship or connection with someone or something else
link with
For elderly people, TV is a vital link with the outside world.

rail/road/telephone etc link

something that makes communication or travel between two places possible:
The office has direct computer links to over 100 firms.
5DT one of the rings in a chain

link in the chain

one of the stages involved in a process

the links

a piece of ground near the sea where golf is played [= golf links]
8 a special word or picture in an Internet document that you click on to move quickly to another part of the same document or to another document [↪ hyperlink]:
Send an email to the above address to report a broken link (=a link that is not working properly).
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