food chain

noun

Definition of food chain 

1 : an arrangement of the organisms of an ecological community according to the order of predation in which each uses the next usually lower member as a food source

2 : a hierarchy based on power or importance at the top of the corporate food chain

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The Iola McDonanld’s owner Glen Nichols said in a statement to KOAM that the fast food chain is working with authorities. Fox News, "McDonald's employee accused of putting peroxide-based cleaner in cop's drink," 30 Sep. 2018 But at the top of the food chain, there are a few professional operations that either produce increasingly sophisticated kits for sale or use them for their own more targeted purposes. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How to win (or at least not lose) the war on phishing? Enlist machine learning," 7 Aug. 2018 In some McDonald's test markets, including Baltimore, the fast-food chain is offering products like coffee cake and 160-calorie blueberry muffin tops. Ben Tobin, USA TODAY, "In plot right out of 'Seinfeld' episode McDonald's selling muffin tops in some test markets," 27 June 2018 Unfortunately,a new report is saying that the fast-food chain may be in financial trouble. Alexis Hobbs, Woman's Day, "Is McDonald's In Danger of Going Out of Business?," 20 Oct. 2015 Globally, big tobacco and international fast-food chains wield enormous political and economic power that is altering lifestyles and, in turn, influencing public health. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "Heart disease used to be an ailment of the rich. But it’s now striking the world’s poor.," 15 Oct. 2018 The Dallas Fuel feature the logo of fast-food chain Jack in the Box on their jerseys, while the Seoul Dynasty signed a unique deal with Mirae Asset to offer financial management services for the team’s players. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Why competitive gaming is starting to look a lot like professional sports," 27 July 2018 Ferguson credited the businesses for quickly agreeing to end the practice nationwide in response to his legal threats and said fast-food chains that don’t follow suit will be sued. Gene Johnson, The Seattle Times, "7 fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies," 13 July 2018 Ferguson credited the businesses for quickly agreeing to end the practice nationwide in response to his legal threats and said fast-food chains that don’t follow suit will be sued. Gene Johnson, BostonGlobe.com, "Fast-food chains agree to end ‘no-poaching’ policies," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of food chain

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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food chain

noun

English Language Learners Definition of food chain

: a series of types of living things in which each one uses the next lower member of the series as a source of food

food chain

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Kids Definition of food chain

: a sequence of organisms in which each depends on the next and usually lower member as a source of food

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