\ 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

daisy chain


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

Noun 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun His political activism is channeled through a daisy chain of opaque organizations that mask the ultimate recipients of his money. New York Times, 3 May 2021 Just over a year ago, in housing — like everywhere else in society’s daisy chain of trillion-dollar value gains and losses— nearly everything seemed instantly to sort into before-COVID and after-COVID. John Mcmanus, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 The Hub Project is part of an opaque network managed by a Washington consulting firm, Arabella Advisors, that has funneled hundreds of millions of dollars through a daisy chain of groups supporting Democrats and progressive causes. New York Times, 13 Apr. 2021 Pick your mother's favorite flower to string together, à la a daisy chain. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 23 Mar. 2021 Several traders described the potential for a daisy chain, in which payments aren’t made to sellers in one market, affecting payments elsewhere. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, 5 Mar. 2021 The solar energy snagged by diatoms provides the calories that become the flesh of ever larger creatures in a daisy chain of embodied light. Tim Folger, National Geographic, 17 Nov. 2020 The push for the Legislature to step in and end the daisy chain of emergency declarations comes as COVID-19 cases are spiking in the state. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 29 Sep. 2020 When Fiona’s done with them, the Marchettis disinfect the books and pass them onto the next house, in a kind of neighborhood daisy chain. Mandy Behbehani, SFChronicle.com, 5 May 2020

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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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“Daisy-chain.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daisy-chain. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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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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