- a pump consisting of buckets, plates, or the like, rising upon a chain within a cylinder for raising liquids entering the cylinder at the bottom.
Origin of chain pump
First recorded in 1610–20
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Examples from the Web for chain pump
The chains to which the discs, &c., are attached in the chain-pump.
The chain-pump of China, common in the hands of every farmer, was likewise an instrument of husbandry in Egypt.
We have devised the striking of the topmast, together with the chain-pump.The Golden Galleon
He also invented a wheel to work the chain-pump, which was much safer and less liable to get out of order than that before in use.How Britannia Came to Rule the Waves
The cylindrical iron which goes through the wheel of the chain-pump, and bears the weight of it.