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(1) Any plug and socket that links two devices together. Although taken for granted and rarely in the limelight, connectors are a huge industry, and the quality of these components is more critical than most people would imagine. When not designed or constructed properly, they often become the weakest element in an electronic system. See CLINKS.

(2) In database management, a link or pointer between two data structures.

(3) In flowcharting, a symbol used to break a sequence and resume the sequence elsewhere. It is often a small circle with a number in it.


(Connectors are the weakest LINKS) One of the first things to check when a network fails are the plugs and sockets. Coined by Tom Jadwin of Lighthouse Communications (

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