commlink n.

a communication link; a communication device


  • 1974 G. Lucas Star Wars (film script: rough draft, May) 27 George Lucas

    The general enters a communication center…. The aides go back to the com-link system to try to get a line through to the king.

  • 1983 D. Brin Startide Rising 403 David Brin

    Gillian reached for the comm link, but the carrier wave cut off before she could say another word.

  • 1985 Analog Science Fiction/Science 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 Lois McMaster Bujold

    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 Greg Bear

    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 Lois McMaster Bujold

    ‘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 Anne McCaffrey Elizabeth Moon bibliography

    What’s your cleanest com link?

  • 1991 M. Weiss King's Test i. v. 42 Margaret Weis bibliography

    ‘Medic!’ The officer was shouting into his commlink.

  • 1995 D. W. Smith & K. K. Rusch Star Trek Voyager: Escape i. 7 Dean Wesley Smith Kristine Kathryn Rusch bibliography

    ‘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 William Shatner

    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 George Zebrowski Charles Pellegrino bibliography

    ‘Lock closing, now,’ Data called from the Enterprise ’s comlink.

  • 2020 M. Cole Sixteenth Watch 19 Myke Cole bibliography

    ‘Don’t!’ Chief’s voice sounded in their commlinks.

Research requirements

antedating 1974

Earliest cite

George Lucas, "Star Wars" rough draft

Research History
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. Jesse Sheidlower verified this in a PDF of the original document.

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