An example of a chain is a link of DNA.
An example of a chain is a series of connected metal links used to contain a dog in a yard.
A chain of coincidences.
An example of to chain is to handcuff someone.
Chained the dog to a tree.
Workers who were chained to a life of dull routine.
- A surveyor's (or Gunter's) chain (66 feet or 20.117 meters or 100 links).
- An engineer's chain (100 feet or 30.48 meters or 100 links).
- A chain 10 yards in length, used to measure for a first down.
Chain of events, mountain chain.
A chain of mountains.
A chain of ideas, one leading to the next.
This led to an unfortunate chain of events.
That chain of restaurants is expanding into our town.
When examined, the molecular chain included oxygen and hydrogen.
The chains of habit.
- To take unfair advantage of someone; deceive or manipulate someone.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of chain
- Middle English chaine from Old French from Latin catēna
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English chaine, from Old French chaine, chaene ("chain"; Modern French: chaîne), from Latin catēna (“chain”), from Proto-Indo-European *kat- (“to braid, twist; hut, shed”). Cognate with North Frisian ketten (“chain”), Dutch keten (“chain”), Low German Kede (“chain”), German Kette (“chain”), Danish kæde (“chain”), Swedish kedja (“chain”), Icelandic keðja (“chain”).