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English

metal chains
a chain of daisies
molecular chain for acrylic

Etymology

From Old French chaeine (French: chaîne), from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] catena.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
chain

Plural
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chain ({{{1}}})
  1. A series of interconnected rings or links usually made of metal.
    He wore a gold chain around the neck.
  2. A series of interconnected things.
    This led to an unfortunate chain of events.
  3. A series of stores or businesses with the same brand name.
    That chain of restaurants is expanding into our town.
  4. A number of atoms in a series, which combine to form a molecule.
    When examined, the molecular chain included oxygen and hydrogen.
  5. (surveying) A series of interconnected links of known length, used as a measuring device.
  6. (surveying) A long measuring tape.
  7. A unit of length equal to 22 yards. The length of a commonly used surveying chain. The length of a cricket pitch. Equal to 17.85 metres. Equal to 4 rods.

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Verb

Infinitive
to chain

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to chain (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) To fasten something with a chain
  2. (intransitive) To link multiple items together
  3. (transitive) To secure someone with fetters
  4. (transitive) To obstruct the mouth of a river etc with a chain
  5. (computing) To relate data items with a chain of pointers; to be chained to another data item
  6. (transitive) To measure a distance using a 66-foot long chain, as in land surveying

Translations

References

  • "chain" at The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.

chain” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

  • OED 2nd edition 1989

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