chain

chain [chān]
n.
[ME & OFr chaine < L catena < IE base * kat-, to twist, twine > prob. OE heathor, confinement]
1. a flexible series of joined links, usually of metal, used to pull, confine, etc. or to transmit power
2. TIRE CHAIN
3. [pl.]
a) bonds, shackles, etc.
b) anything that binds, ties, or restrains [chains of love]
c) captivity; bondage
4. any chainlike ornament, badge, etc.
5. a chainlike measuring instrument, or its measure of length; specif.,
a) a surveyor's (or Gunter's) chain (66 feet or 20.117 meters or 100 links)
b) an engineer's chain (100 feet or 30.48 meters or 100 links)
c) Football a chain 10 yards in length, used to measure for a first down: often the chains
6. a series of things connected causally, logically, physically, etc. [chain of events, mountain chain ]
7. a number of stores, restaurants, etc. owned by one company
8. Chem. a linkage of atoms in a molecule: see OPEN CHAIN, CLOSED CHAIN, SIDE CHAIN
vt.
1. to fasten or shackle with chains
2. to hold down, restrain, confine, etc.
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