Gunter's chain


Gun·​ter's chain ˈgən-tərz- How to pronounce Gunter's chain (audio)
: a chain 66 feet (20.1 meters) long that is the unit of length for surveys of U.S. public lands

Word History


Edmund Gunter

First Known Use

circa 1679, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Gunter's chain was circa 1679

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Cite this Entry

“Gunter's chain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

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