\ ˈdā-zē-ˌchān How to pronounce daisy-chain (audio) \
daisy-chained; daisy-chaining; daisy-chains

Definition of daisy-chain

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to link (things, such as computer components) together in series

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Definition of daisy chain (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a string of daisies with stems linked to form a chain
2 : an interlinked series a daisy chain of computer peripherals a daisy chain of toddlers

Examples of daisy-chain in a Sentence


She wore a daisy chain around her neck. a daisy chain of electronic devices The children linked arms forming a daisy chain.
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In my mind a voyage to the moon and back is a long and a very fragile daisy chain. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "Apollo 11 Had 3 Men Aboard, But Only 2 Walked on the Moon. Here’s What it Was Like to Be the Third," 11 July 2019 In the 1960s, a daisy chain of like-minded songwriters and performers moved to the winding-road Eden up and over from Hollywood Boulevard, in the area of Los Angeles known as Laurel Canyon. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "‘Echo in the Canyon’ review: A ’60s musical flowering gets plucked by Jakob Dylan’s vanity project," 25 June 2019 At a ceremony that started with a procession of 47 fresh-faced girls carrying a daisy chain, politics was not the subject. Leah Garchik, SFChronicle.com, "Hillary Clinton on bravery and disappointment," 16 June 2018 Never forget Lynn Nottage’s lyrical, kinetic daisy chain, an exploration of the international ivory trade. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "13 Plays and Musicals to Go to in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 31 May 2018 That's because each system, according to Nintendo, would include specific processing instructions and beacon hardware to daisy chain along with compatible siblings. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nintendo’s new multi-screen patent isn’t just crazy—it might already hide in Switch," 14 Apr. 2018 Girls dance in a daisy chain of solemn delight, and citizens, under the gaze of Mao's image, wander and smile. Owen Gleiberman, chicagotribune.com, "'In the Intense Now' review: Political cataclysms of '68 made poetic," 1 Mar. 2018 And does anyone, let alone a commuter, use a daisy chain anymore? Adrienne So, WIRED, "Review: Timbuk2 Lug Knapsack," 1 Nov. 2017 In the daisy chain from Russian oligarch to singer to PR go-between to lawyer to Trump scion, which is more plausible? The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Keystone Kops Collusion," 12 July 2017

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First Known Use of daisy-chain


1955, in the meaning defined above


1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of daisy chain

What It Is

In finance, a daisy chain is an investment scam whereby a group of fraudulent investors inflate the price of a security and then sell it at a profit.

How It Works

In a daisy chain scenario, an investor or group of investors holding a long position in a low-price, small-cap stock unfoundedly publicize the stock as a promising opportunity. Susceptible, credulous investors subsequently purchase shares, which, collectively, leads to a rise in the stock's price because of heightened demand.

Once the original perpetrators have decided that the price of the stock has peaked, they sell off the entirety of their positions for a profit. Subsequently, the false advertising campaign ends and the stock price returns to its original level.

Why It Matters

Daisy chain scams are an illegal practice punishable by heavy fines by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). With the advent of easily accessible and effective advertising via the Internet, the scams have become more common in recent years. Though investment advice such as stock tips can be convenient, investors are strongly advised to perform their own research on recommended stocks in order to avoid get-rich-quick scams.

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English Language Learners Definition of daisy chain

: a string of daisies that you make by tying the stems together
: a group of things or people that are connected in a series

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