safety chain


Definition of safety chain

1a : a normally slack chain for preventing excessive movement between a railroad car truck and a car body in sluing
b : a heavy chain by which railroad cars may be connected to protect against accidental uncoupling
2 : a small chain used as a secondary safeguard on a piece of jewelry (as a watch or bracelet)
3 : a chain formed of sheet metal links with an elongated hole through each broad end and constructed by a repeated series of doubling a link upon itself, slipping the next link through the two now superimposed holes of the first, and doubling it

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First Known Use of safety chain

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Safety chain.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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