Chain - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |tʃeɪn|  American pronunciation of the word chain
Brit.  |tʃeɪn|  British pronunciation of the word chain


- a series of things depending on each other as if linked together(syn: concatenation)
- (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)
- a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
- (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership
- anything that acts as a restraint
- a unit of length
- British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)

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- connect or arrange into a chain by linking
- fasten or secure with chains


We'll need 25 feet of chain for the pulley.

The new book chronicles the chain of events leading up to the crime.

They own a chain of organic grocery stores.

The hotel chain recently opened a new hotel in Hong Kong.

She chained her bicycle to the post and went inside.

...chaining up the dog in the backyard...

In former times, prisoners were chained to the wall or to one another.

She had a gold chain around her neck.

The salesmen are just one link in the chain (=part of a process) of distribution.

They formed a human chain (=a line of people who pass things from one person to the next) to move the equipment.

He was led away in chains.

Four activists chained themselves to the gates.

The elephants were chained up by their legs.

Their hands and feet were chained together.

Of course the dog makes such a noise, the poor creature is chained up all day.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: chain
he/she/it: chains
present participle: chaining
past tense: chained
past participle: chained
singular: chain
plural: chains
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