Definitions of chain

  1. To fasten, bind, or connect with a chain; to fasten or bind securely, as with a chain; as, to chain a bulldog.
  2. To keep in slavery; to enslave.
  3. To unite closely and strongly.
  4. To measure with the chain.
  5. To protect by drawing a chain across, as a harbor.
  6. To fasten, secure, or connect with a chain; fetter; restrain.
  7. To bind with or as with a chain.
  8. To bind with a chain; to bind.
  9. To fasten, as with a chain.
  10. fasten or secure with chains; " Chain the chairs together"
  11. To fasten with a chain; to restrain; to connect; to enslave; to obstruct.
  12. a series of ( usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
  13. anything that acts as a restraint
  14. a number of similar establishments ( stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership
  15. a series of things depending on each other as if linked together; " the chain of command"; " a complicated concatenation of circumstances"
  16. a necklace made by a stringing objects together; " a string of beads"; " a strand of pearls";
  17. ( chemistry) a series of linked atoms ( generally in an organic molecule)
  18. a unit of length
  19. 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.
  20. That which confines, fetters, or secures, as a chain; a bond; as, the chains of habit.
  21. 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.
  22. An instrument which consists of links and is used in measuring land.
  23. Iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to bold the dead- eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the channels.
  24. The warp threads of a web.
  25. A series of links or rings joined together; a connected series or succession; as, a chain of events.
  26. 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.
  27. A series of connected links; a series; a bond; measure of 66 feet.
  28. A string of interlinked rings or links; a series; range, as of mountains; a surveyors measuring line of 100 links.
  29. 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.