Chain Definition

chān
chained, chains
noun
chains
A flexible series of joined links, usually of metal, used to pull, confine, etc. or to transmit power.
Webster's New World
Such a set of links, often of precious metal and with pendants attached, worn as an ornament or symbol of office.
American Heritage
Webster's New World
Such a set of links measuring ten yards and attached to a pole at each end, moved up and down the field to indicate necessary yardage for gaining a first down.
American Heritage
Anything that binds, ties, or restrains.
Chains of love.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
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verb
chained, chains
To fasten or shackle with chains.
Webster's New World
To hold down, restrain, confine, etc.
Webster's New World

(intransitive) To link multiple items together.

Wiktionary

To secure someone with fetters.

Wiktionary

(computing) To relate data items with a chain of pointers.

Wiktionary
Antonyms:
unchain
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proper name
1906-79; Brit. biochemist, born in Germany.
Webster's New World
idiom
pull
  • To take unfair advantage of someone; deceive or manipulate someone.
American Heritage

Other Word Forms of Chain

Noun

Singular:
chain
Plural:
chains

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Chain

Origin of Chain

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English chaine from Old French from Latin catēna

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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