- shackles or fetters: to place a prisoner in chains.
- bondage; servitude: to live one's life in chains.
- Nautical. (in a sailing vessel) the area outboard at the foot of the shrouds of a mast: the customary position of the leadsman in taking soundings.
- tire chain.
- a distance-measuring device consisting of a chain of 100 links of equal length, having a total length either of 66 feet (20 meters) (Gunter's chain, or surveyor's chain ) or of 100 feet (30 meters) (engineer's chain ).
- a unit of length equal to either of these.
- a graduated steel tape used for distance measurements. Abbreviation: ch
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Idioms for chain
Origin of chain
OTHER WORDS FROM chainchainless, adjectivechainlike, adjectivein·ter·chain, verb (used with object)un·chained, adjective
Words nearby chain
Definition for chain (2 of 2)
Example sentences from the Web for chain
You expect soldiers of all ranks to understand the need to respect the chain of command, regardless of personal feelings.
Say what you want about Abercrombie & Fitch (A&F), the chain has done something special.
After the scanning takes place, KSM is led down a long corridor flanked by chain-link fences.
Elderly women played Triple Double Diamond and Tiki Magic while they chain-smoked.I Watched a Casino Kill Itself: The Awful Last Nights of Atlantic City’s Taj Mahal|Olivia Nuzzi|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So while mourning the closing of De Robertis, consider that we might someday mourn the bankruptcy of whatever chain replaces it.
She stood, in her young purity, at one end of the chain of years, and Mrs. Chepstow—did she really stand at the other?
Then he closed the spring with a snap, and she let him pass the chain over her hand once more.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
From the ceiling, which was divided into compartments painted in dark red and blue, hung a heavy lamp by a chain of gilded silver.
An amount of slack in the chain caused the balls to knock on passing this roller before entering the pump bottom.
The large size of the rag-wheel gave the rapidly revolving chain and balls a great speed.
British Dictionary definitions for chain (1 of 2)
- a number of establishments such as hotels, shops, etc, having the same owner or management
- (as modifier)a chain store
Word Origin for chain
British Dictionary definitions for chain (2 of 2)
Medical definitions for chain (1 of 2)
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Scientific definitions for chain (1 of 2)
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Idioms and Phrases with chain
In addition to the idioms beginning with chain
- chain reaction
- chain smoker
- ball and chain
- pull someone's chain