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1chain

noun, often attributive \ˈchān\

: 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

Full Definition of CHAIN

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
:  something that confines, restrains, or secures
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

  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 of CHAIN

Middle English cheyne, from Anglo-French chaene, from Latin catena
First Known Use: 14th century

2chain

verb

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

Full Definition of CHAIN

transitive verb
1
:  to obstruct or protect by a chain
2
:  to fasten, bind, or connect with or as if with a chain; also :  fetter

Examples of CHAIN

  1. She chained her bicycle to the post and went inside.
  2. <chaining up the dog in the backyard>

First Known Use of CHAIN

14th century

Chain

biographical name \ˈchān\

Definition of CHAIN

Sir Ernst Boris 1906–1979 British (Ger.-born) biochem.
CHAINED Defined for Kids

1chain

noun \ˈchān\

Definition of CHAIN for Kids

1
:  a series of connected links or rings usually of metal <She wore a gold chain around her neck.>
2
:  a series of things joined together as if by links <a chain of mountains> <a chain of events>
3
:  a group of businesses that have the same name and sell the same products or services <a chain of grocery stores>

2chain

verb
chainedchain·ing

Definition of CHAIN for Kids

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

chain

noun , often attrib \ˈchān\

Medical Definition of CHAIN

1
:  a series of things (as bacteria) linked, connected, or associated together
2
:  a number of atoms or chemical groups united like links in a chain

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