A metal chain



  • A series of interconnected rings or links usually made of metal.
  • A series of interconnected things.
  • A series of stores or businesses with the same brand name.
  • A number of atoms in a series, which combine to form a molecule.
  • A series of interconnected links of known length, used as a measuring device.
  • A long measuring tape.
  • 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, 4 rods, or 100 links.
  • A totally ordered set, especially a totally ordered subset of a poset.
  • 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).
  • That which confines, fetters, or secures; a bond.
  • Iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to bold the dead-eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the channels.
  • A livery collar, a chain of office.
  • The warp threads of a web.


  • To fasten something with a chain.
  • To connect as if with a chain, due to dependence, addiction, or other feelings
  • To link multiple items together.
  • To secure someone with fetters.
  • To obstruct the mouth of a river etc with a chain.
  • To obligate.
  • To relate data items with a chain of pointers.
  • To be chained to another data item.
  • To measure a distance using a 66-foot long chain, as in land surveying.
  • To load and automatically run (a program).


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  • From Middle English cheyne, chaine, from Old French chaine, chaene, from Latin catÄ“na ("chain"), from Proto-Indo-European *kat- ("to braid, twist; hut, shed"). catena.

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