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Definitions of chain

  1. connect or arrange into a chain by linking
  2. a series of ( usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
  3. a necklace made by a stringing objects together; " a string of beads" or" a strand of pearls"
  4. anything that acts as a restraint
  5. a number of similar establishments ( stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership
  6. a series of things depending on each other as if linked together; " the chain of command"; " a complicated concatenation of circumstances"
  7. a series of linked atoms ( generally in an organic molecule)
  8. a series of hills or mountains; " the valley was between two ranges of hills"; " the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
  9. British biochemist ( born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming ( 1906- 1979)
  10. fasten or secure with chains; " Chain the chairs together"
  11. a necklace made by a stringing objects together; " a string of beads"; " a strand of pearls";
  12. ( chemistry) a series of linked atoms ( generally in an organic molecule)
  13. a unit of length
  14. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion and transmission of mechanical power, etc.
  15. That which confines, fetters, or secures, as a chain; a bond; as, the chains of habit.
  16. A series of things linked together; or a series of things connected and following each other in succession; as, a chain of mountains; a chain of events or ideas.
  17. An instrument which consists of links and is used in measuring land.
  18. Iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to bold the dead- eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the channels.
  19. The warp threads of a web.
  20. To fasten, bind, or connect with a chain; to fasten or bind securely, as with a chain; as, to chain a bulldog.
  21. To keep in slavery; to enslave.
  22. To unite closely and strongly.
  23. To measure with the chain.
  24. To protect by drawing a chain across, as a harbor.
  25. A series of links or rings joined together; a connected series or succession; as, a chain of events.
  26. To fasten, secure, or connect with a chain; fetter; restrain.
  27. In chemistry, a series of atoms held together by one or more affinities.
  28. A series of links or rings passing through one another: a number of things coming after each other: anything that binds: a measure of 100 links, 66 feet long.
  29. To bind with or as with a chain.
  30. A series of connected links; a series; a bond; measure of 66 feet.
  31. To bind with a chain; to bind.
  32. To fasten, as with a chain.
  33. A string of interlinked rings or links; a series; range, as of mountains; a surveyors measuring line of 100 links.
  34. A series of links or rings, connected or fitted into one another; a bond, or anything which binds; bondage; a series linked together; a measure of 100 links, or 66 feet.
  35. To fasten with a chain; to restrain; to connect; to enslave; to obstruct.
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Usage examples for chain

  1. " Mr. Ferris," said the detective, gravely, " you have just supplied a very important link in the chain of evidence against Mr. Orcutt. – Hand and Ring by Anna Katharine Green
  2. I set the chain and ring in full display, rendered still more conspicuous by the dark coloured dress which I always wore. – Pelham, Complete by Edward Bulwer-Lytton Last Updated: March 16, 2009
  3. She has a little gold chain, very thin, and not like the things they make now- and just lately she is always wearing it. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  4. 16 Whether Atahuallpa possessed himself of every link in the curious chain of argument by which the monk connected Pizarro with St. Peter, may be doubted. – History-of-the-Conquest-of-Peru by Prescott, William Hickling
  5. Thou must take this chain from me- stay- there, I have put it on. – The Last Days of Pompeii by Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
  6. Go forward and pay out on the chain! – "Where Angels Fear to Tread" and Other Stories of the Sea by Morgan Robertson
  7. I'll break your chain. – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  8. Doggie shut the front door and put up the chain and went back into his sitting- room. – The Rough Road by William John Locke
  9. " It is something funny about that chain. – Sawtooth Ranch by B. M. Bower
  10. Jim threw the end of this chain down. – The Blazed Trail by Stewart Edward White
  11. As it was still a mere chain of ponds, though these were large, I was sure this was not the main channel; he also said this joined the main channel a good way lower down. – Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales by Thomas Mitchell
  12. Then she felt tempted to wear her gold watch and chain when she dressed to go abroad. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  13. However, they are scarcely typical of that step so long as an organized chain of command is in effective operation. – Sound Military Decision by U.s. Naval War College
  14. At a distance of only nine miles, we came upon the little river beside that camp, and fell into the old track a mile on beyond it; and, early in the day, we arrived at a chain of ponds, half- way to the next camp at Possession Creek. – Journal of an Expedition into the Interior of Tropical Australia In Search of a Route from Sydney to the Gulf of Carpentaria (1848) by Lt. Col. Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell Kt. D.C.L. (1792-1855) Surveyor-General of New South Wales by Thomas Mitchell
  15. Where we goin' to git a chain? – Miss Minerva and William Green Hill by Frances Boyd Calhoun
  16. How much is this chain actually worth? – Twenty Years of Hus'ling by J. P. Johnston
  17. Take my chain and my knife, but not my watch? – The Adventures of a Three-Guinea Watch by Talbot Baines Reed
  18. You know, I guess, there's a chain of 'em, and the fine thing it would be to see the lot by road! – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  19. On the other side were the same figures, but the chain had been cut in two. – The Iron Star And what It saw on Its Journey through the Ages by John Preston True
  20. The chain was complete. – McAllister and His Double by Arthur Train
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