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chain

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noun, often attributive \ˈchān\

Simple Definition of chain

  • : a series of usually metal links or rings that are connected to each other in a line and used for supporting heavy things, for holding things together, for decoration, etc.

  • : a chain that is attached to the arms or legs of a prisoner

  • : a series or group of things or people that are connected to each other in some way

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chain

  1. 1 a :  a series of usually metal links or rings connected to or fitted into one another and used for various purposes (as support, restraint, transmission of mechanical power, or measurement) b :  a series of links used or worn as an ornament or insignia c (1) :  a measuring instrument of 100 links used in surveying (2) :  a unit of length equal to 66 feet (about 20 meters)

  2. 2 :  something that confines, restrains, or secures

  3. 3 a :  a series of things linked, connected, or associated together <a chain of events> <a mountain chain> b :  a group of enterprises or institutions of the same kind or function usually under a single ownership, management, or control <fast-food chains> c :  a number of atoms or chemical groups united like links in a chain

Examples of chain in a sentence

  1. We'll need 25 feet of chain for the pulley.

  2. The new book chronicles the chain of events leading up to the crime.

  3. They own a chain of organic grocery stores.

  4. The hotel chain recently opened a new hotel in Hong Kong.



Origin and Etymology of chain

Middle English cheyne, from Anglo-French chaene, from Latin catena


First Known Use: 14th century


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chain

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Simple Definition of chain

  • : to fasten, hold, or connect (someone or something) with a chain

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chain

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to obstruct or protect by a chain

  3. 2 :  to fasten, bind, or connect with or as if with a chain; also :  fetter

Examples of chain in a sentence

  1. She chained her bicycle to the post and went inside.

  2. <chaining up the dog in the backyard>



14th Century

First Known Use of chain

14th century


Chain

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biographical name \ˈchān\

Definition of Chain

  1. Sir Ernst Boris 1906–1979 British (Ger.-born) biochem.





CHAIN Defined for Kids

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chain

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noun \ˈchān\

Definition of chain for Students

  1. 1 :  a series of connected links or rings usually of metal <She wore a gold chain around her neck.>

  2. 2 :  a series of things joined together as if by links <a chain of mountains> <a chain of events>

  3. 3 :  a group of businesses that have the same name and sell the same products or services <a chain of grocery stores>




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chain

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verb

Definition of chain for Students

chained

chaining

  1. :  to fasten, bind, or connect with or as if with a chain <I chained my bike to a tree.>




Medical Dictionary

chain

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noun \ˈchān\

Medical Definition of chain

  1. 1:  a series of things (as bacteria) linked, connected, or associated together

  2. 2:  a number of atoms or chemical groups united like links in a chain





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