Definition of "chain" []

  • A connected, flexible series of links, typically of metal, used especially for holding objects together or restraining or for transmitting mechanical power. (noun)
  • Such a set of links, often of precious metal and with pendants attached, worn as an ornament or symbol of office. (noun)
  • A restraining or confining agent or force. (noun)
  • Bonds, fetters, or shackles. (noun)
  • Captivity or oppression; bondage: threw off the chains of slavery. (noun)
  • A flexible length of metal links, used for confining, connecting, pulling, etc, or in jewellery (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Anything that confines, fetters, or restrains (noun)
  • A set of metal links that fit over the tyre of a motor vehicle to increase traction and reduce skidding on an icy surface (noun)
  • A number of establishments such as hotels, shops, etc, having the same owner or management (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A series of related or connected facts, events, etc (noun)
  • A series of deals in which each depends on a purchaser selling before being able to buy (noun)
  • (of reasoning) a sequence of arguments each of which takes the conclusion of the preceding as a premise (noun)
  • A unit of length equal to 22 yards (noun)
  • A unit of length equal to 100 feet (noun)
  • Two or more atoms or groups bonded together so that the configuration of the resulting molecule, ion, or radical resembles a chain (noun)
  • A series of natural features, esp approximately parallel mountain ranges (noun)
  • To measure with a chain or tape (verb)
  • To confine, tie, or make fast with or as if with a chain (verb)
  • To sew using chain stitch (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "chain" in a sentence
  • "These causes of war do not appear, however, to be of the nature of a _chain_, giving us the impression that in order to break the habit of war, all we need do is to discover the weakest link in the chain of causes, break the chain there, and so interrupt the whole mechanism of war-making in the world."
  • "The gneiss of the littoral chain* contains traces of the precious metals (* In the southern branch of this chain which passes by Yusma, Villa de Cura and Ocumare, particularly near Buria, Los Teques and Los Marietas.); and some grains of gold have been found in the mountains of Parima, near the mission of Encaramada."
  • "II. i.195 (251,4) [usurer's chain] I know not whether the _chain_ was, in our authour's time, the common ornament of wealthy citizens, or whether he satirically uses _usurer_ and _alderman_ as synonymous terms."