Gunter's chain

noun
Gun·​ter's chain | \ ˈgən-tərz- How to pronounce Gunter's chain (audio) \

Definition of Gunter's chain

: a chain 66 feet (20.1 meters) long that is the unit of length for surveys of U.S. public lands

First Known Use of Gunter's chain

circa 1679, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Gunter's chain

Edmund Gunter

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

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“Gunter's chain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Gunter%27s%20chain. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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