Full record for commlink n.

Definition a communication link; a communication device. Also spelled 'comlink' and 'comm link'.
OED requirements antedating 1977
Earliest cite Alan Dean Foster, Star wars (novelization)
Comment Mike Christie submitted a cite from a 1990 reprint of Dan Simmons' "Hyperion". Roger Wilcox submitted a cite from a 1977 reprint of George Lucas' (actually Alan Dean Foster's) "Star Wars"; we would like to check the 1976 first edition. Dan Tilque submitted a 1989 cite from Lois McMaster Bujold's "Brothers In Arms".

Enoch Forrester submitted a 1983 cite from David Brin's "Startide Rising". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite from a 1989 reprint of W.T. Quick's 1989 "Dreams of Flesh and Sand". Mike Christie located and Doug Rynda verified a 1998 cite from William Keith's "Bolo Rising". Katrina Campbell submitted a cite for the form "com link" from a 1991 reprint of Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Moon's 1990 "Sassinak". Malcolm Farmer submitted a cite for the form "comm-link" from a 1987 reprint of George Martin's "Loaves and Fishes" in "Tuf Voyaging"; Mike Christie checked the 1985 first magazine appearance and found that it was spelled "com-link" in that version. Joshua Stratton located cites in an electronic version of a rough draft (dated 5/74) of George Lucas's script for Star Wars. We would be interested in verification of this in a paper copy.

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Citations for commlink n.

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1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 403 Gillian reached for the comm link, but the carrier wave cut off before she could say another word.
1985 Analog Sci. Fiction/Sci. Fact Oct. 58/1 ‘I have a certain amount of affection for you, from my years upstairs,’ Josen Rael said crisply over a shielded com-link.
1986 L. M. Bujold Shards of Honor (1991) 8 She heard the crackle of a nerve disruptor as she pitched backward into the ravine, stunner and comm link flying from her hands.
1987 G. Bear Forge of God (1988) 47 You'll have commlink.
1988 W. T. Quick Dreams Flesh & Sand (1989) 95 Finally she sighed and inserted the bit of silicon into a reader and punched it home. Barely thirty seconds passed before her commlink monitor lit up with the smiling face of Frederick Oranson.
1989 L. M. Bujold Brothers in Arms 28 ‘I'll see that Commander Quinn gets a secured comm link before she leaves. As a matter of fact,’ he touched his comconsole, ‘Sergeant Barth?’ he spoke into it.
1990 A. McCaffrey & E. Moon Sassinak (1991) 171 What's your cleanest com link?
1991 M. Weiss King's Test i. v. 42 ‘Medic!’ The officer was shouting into his commlink.
1995 Dean Wesley Smith & Kristine Kathryn Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape i. 7 ‘Both officers on board, Captain.’ Ensign Hoffman's mellifluous voice sounded tinny through her comm link from the transporter room.
1997 W. Shatner Avenger x. 86 Picard adjusted his interior comm-link controls.
1998 W. H. Keith Bolo Rising 187 He wore, Dieter saw, an earplug commlink, with the thread mike extended to rest beside his lips.
1999 C. Pellegrino & G. Zebrowski Star Trek Next Generation: Dyson Sphere ii. 43 ‘Lock closing, now,’ Data called from the Enterprise 's comlink.