Definitions for chaintʃeɪn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chaintʃeɪn(n.)

  1. a series of metal rings passing through one another, used either for hauling, supporting, or confining, or as decoration.

  2. chains, shackles or fetters. bondage; servitude:

    to live one's life in chains.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  3. a series of things connected or following in succession:

    a chain of events.

  4. a range of mountains.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  5. a number of establishments under one ownership or management.

    Category: Business

  6. two or more atoms of the same element, usu. carbon, attached as in a chain.

    Category: Chemistry

    Ref: Compare ring1 (def. 14). 1 1 17

  7. a distance-measuring device used by surveyors, consisting of a chain of 100 links of equal length. a unit of length equal to 100 feet (30 m) or 66 feet (20 m).

    Category: Surveying

    Ref: Abbr.: ch 1

  8. (v.t.)to fasten or secure with a chain.

  9. to confine or restrain:

    His work chained him to his desk.

  10. to chain-stitch.

    Category: Clothing

  11. (v.i.)to form or make a chain.

Origin of chain:

1250–1300; ME chayne < OF chaeine < L catēna fetter; see catena

Chaintʃeɪn(n.)

  1. Sir Ernst Boris, 1906–79, English biochemist, born in Germany: Nobel prize 1945.

    Category: Biography

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chain, concatenation(noun)

    a series of things depending on each other as if linked together

    "the chain of command"; "a complicated concatenation of circumstances"

  2. chain, chemical chain(noun)

    (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)

  3. chain(noun)

    a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament

  4. chain(noun)

    (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership

  5. chain(noun)

    anything that acts as a restraint

  6. chain(noun)

    a unit of length

  7. Chain, Ernst Boris Chain, Sir Ernst Boris Chain(noun)

    British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)

  8. range, mountain range, range of mountains, chain, mountain chain, chain of mountains(noun)

    a series of hills or mountains

    "the valley was between two ranges of hills"; "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"

  9. chain(noun)

    a linked or connected series of objects

    "a chain of daisies"

  10. chain, string, strand(verb)

    a necklace made by a stringing objects together

    "a string of beads"; "a strand of pearls";

  11. chain(verb)

    connect or arrange into a chain by linking

  12. chain(verb)

    fasten or secure with chains

    "Chain the chairs together"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. chain(noun)ʃeɪn

    a rope of linked metal rings

    a chain across the path; attached using a chain

  2. chainʃeɪn

    a group of stores owned by the same company

    a fast food chain

  3. chainʃeɪn

    a line of similar objects

    a mountain chain; a chain of volcanoes

  4. chainʃeɪn

    a series of related things or events

    a chain of evidence; the chain of events leading to the murder

  5. chainʃeɪn

    (of prisoner) having hands or feet bound by chains

  6. chain(verb)ʃeɪn

    to attach with a chain

    He chained the animal to the fence.

Wiktionary

  1. chain(Noun)

    A series of interconnected rings or links usually made of metal.

    He wore a gold chain around the neck.

  2. chain(Noun)

    A series of interconnected things.

    This led to an unfortunate chain of events.

  3. chain(Noun)

    A series of stores or businesses with the same brand name.

    That chain of restaurants is expanding into our town.

  4. chain(Noun)

    A number of atoms in a series, which combine to form a molecule.

    When examined, the molecular chain included oxygen and hydrogen.

  5. chain(Noun)

    A series of interconnected links of known length, used as a measuring device.

  6. chain(Noun)

    A long measuring tape.

  7. chain(Noun)

    A unit of length equal to 22 yards. The length of a Gunter's surveying chain. The length of a cricket pitch. Equal to 20.12 metres. Equal to 4 rods. Equal to 100 links.

  8. chain(Noun)

    A sequence of linked house purchases, each of which is dependent on the preceding and succeeding purchase (said to be "broken" if a buyer or seller pulls out).

  9. chain(Verb)

    To fasten something with a chain

  10. chain(Verb)

    To link multiple items together

  11. chain(Verb)

    To secure someone with fetters

  12. chain(Verb)

    To obstruct the mouth of a river etc with a chain

  13. chain(Verb)

    To relate data items with a chain of pointers.

  14. chain(Verb)

    To be chained to another data item.

  15. chain(Verb)

    To measure a distance using a 66-foot long chain, as in land surveying.

  16. chain(Verb)

    To load and automatically run (a program).

  17. Origin: From chaeine (French: chaîne), from catena.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chain(noun)

    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

  2. Chain(noun)

    that which confines, fetters, or secures, as a chain; a bond; as, the chains of habit

  3. Chain(noun)

    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

  4. Chain(noun)

    an instrument which consists of links and is used in measuring land

  5. Chain(noun)

    iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to bold the dead-eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the channels

  6. Chain(noun)

    the warp threads of a web

  7. Chain(verb)

    to fasten, bind, or connect with a chain; to fasten or bind securely, as with a chain; as, to chain a bulldog

  8. Chain(verb)

    to keep in slavery; to enslave

  9. Chain(verb)

    to unite closely and strongly

  10. Chain(verb)

    to measure with the chain

  11. Chain(verb)

    to protect by drawing a chain across, as a harbor

Freebase

  1. Chain

    A chain is a series of connected links which are typically made of metal. A chain may consist of two or more links. Chains are usually made in one of two styles, according to their intended use: ⁕Those designed for lifting, such as when used with a hoist; for pulling; or for securing, such as with a bicycle lock, have links that are torus shaped, which make the chain flexible in two dimensions ⁕Those designed for transferring power in machines have links designed to mesh with the teeth of the sprockets of the machine, and are flexible in only one dimension. They are known as roller chains, though there are also non-roller chains such as block chain. Two distinct chains can be connected using a quick link which resembles a carabiner with a screw close rather than a latch.

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. chain

    1. vi. [orig. from BASIC's CHAIN statement] To hand off execution to a child or successor without going through the OS command interpreter that invoked it. The state of the parent program is lost and there is no returning to it. Though this facility used to be common on memory-limited micros and is still widely supported for backward compatibility, the jargon usage is semi-obsolescent; in particular, most Unix programmers will think of this as an exec. Oppose the more modern subshell. 2. n. A series of linked data areas within an operating system or application. Chain rattling is the process of repeatedly running through the linked data areas searching for one which is of interest to the executing program. The implication is that there is a very large number of links on the chain.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chain' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2821

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chain' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2761

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chain' in Nouns Frequency: #925


Translations for chain

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

chain(noun)

a series of (especially metal) links or rings passing through one another

The dog was fastened by a chain; She wore a silver chain round her neck.

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