- Link Link, n. [OE. linke, AS. hlence; akin to Sw. l["a]nk ring
of a chain, Dan. l[ae]nke chain, Icel. hlekkr; cf. G. gelenk
joint, link, ring of a chain, lenken to bend.]
1. A single ring or division of a chain.
The link of brotherhood, by which One common Maker bound me to the kind. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]
And so by double links enchained themselves in lover's life. --Gascoigne. [1913 Webster]
4. (Kinematics) Any one of the several elementary pieces of a mechanism, as the fixed frame, or a rod, wheel, mass of confined liquid, etc., by which relative motion of other parts is produced and constrained. [1913 Webster]
5. (Mach.) Any intermediate rod or piece for transmitting force or motion, especially a short connecting rod with a bearing at each end; specifically (Steam Engine), the slotted bar, or connecting piece, to the opposite ends of which the eccentric rods are jointed, and by means of which the movement of the valve is varied, in a link motion. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.