- any decorative product, handiwork, etc., in which parts are looped or woven together, like the links of a chain.
Origin of chainwork
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Examples from the Web for chain-work
The men who were seated in various parts of the chain-work, giving it its first coat of paint, were like captive insects.Tour in England, Ireland, and France, in the years 1826, 1827, 1828 and 1829.
These are to be laid or stuck on little joins in the chain-work, or clasps, or swivel hinges, where soldering is required.
One took the scaffolds in hand accordingly, and the other the chain-work, so that both were put in progress.
He had a spear, the handle of which weighed three hundred shekels, and a breastplate of chain-work, and a sword.The Antiquities of the Jews
The capitals of these were of the richest workmanship, with net-work, chain-work, and pomegranates.