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chain

noun (n)

  • a series of things depending on each other as if linked together (noun.group)
    Synonym: concatenation
    Example:
    The chain of command.
    source: wordnet30
  • (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule) (noun.object)
    Synonym: chemical chain
    source: wordnet30
  • a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership (noun.group)
    source: wordnet30
  • anything that acts as a restraint (noun.artifact)
    source: wordnet30
  • a unit of length (noun.quantity)
    source: wordnet30
  • British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979) (noun.person)
    source: wordnet30
  • a series of hills or mountains (noun.object)
    source: wordnet30
  • a linked or connected series of objects (noun.artifact)
    Example:
    A chain of daisies.
    source: wordnet30
  • a necklace made by a stringing objects together (noun.artifact)
    Synonym: strand, string
    source: wordnet30
  • A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion and transmission of mechanical power, etc. (noun)
    source: webster1913

verb (v)

  • connect or arrange into a chain by linking (verb.contact)
    source: wordnet30
  • fasten or secure with chains (verb.contact)
    Antonym: unchain
    Example:
    Chain the chairs together.
    source: wordnet30
  • To fasten, bind, or connect with a chain; to fasten or bind securely, as with a chain; as, to chain a bulldog. (verb)
    source: webster1913

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