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Definition of chain:

  1. 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.
  2. A series of things linked together; or a series of things connected and following each other in succession; as, a chain of mountains; a chain of events or ideas.
  3. An instrument which consists of links and is used in measuring land.
  4. Iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to bold the dead- eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the channels.
  5. That which confines, fetters, or secures, as a chain; a bond; as, the chains of habit.
  6. The warp threads of a web.
  7. To fasten, bind, or connect with a chain; to fasten or bind securely, as with a chain; as, to chain a bulldog.
  8. To keep in slavery; to enslave.
  9. To measure with the chain.
  10. To protect by drawing a chain across, as a harbor.
  11. To unite closely and strongly.

Synonyms:

strand, shackle, kickstand, drawing string, range of a function, formation, atomic number, atom, saddle, alpha particle, hurdle, balk, appraise, rash, base, connection, chain of mountains, BR, antiparticle, bauble, embarrassment, hamstring, boundary, gold, proceedings, bracelet, conjugal visit, dynamo, anion, drag, holdback, handlebars, bath, range of mountains, restraint, check, hobble, stumbling block, fetter, novelty, do up, cordon, jewelry, semicircle, acquisition, agency, interference, image, stop, column, caravan, building society, block, appraisal, phalanx, inhibition, pattern, compass, kitchen range, flow, cord, shackles, concatenation, constraint, crossbar, limit, catena, chain reaction, leash, bowed stringed instrument, pedal, row, tie up, atomic mass, process, catenation, cramp, rope, trammel, ligature, ring, lights out, ambit, drawstring, scale, irons, pillion, control, hamper, streak, rubber band, jewel, deterrent, account, let, string, carrier, round, gyve, limitation, domino effect, obstacle, safety belt, Ernst Boris Chain, circle, file, clog, balloon mortgage, necklace, nexus, suite, big business, orbit, chains, reach, mudguard, hindrance, mountain chain, blockbusting, hog-tie, blue chip, kitchen stove, obstruction, mountain range, manacle, cooking stove, compound, cuff, jewellery, avalanche, grasp, chemical chain, cable, hunger strike, treasure, atomic weight, bridge loan, atomic, holder, confines, fetters, crimp, iron, handcuff, handicap, Sir Ernst Boris Chain, bar, filament, the biz, help, fibril, restriction, free, wedge, cation, stove, leg irons, affiliate, parade, run, bling, impediment, scope, cosmic string, closing, crocodile, trinket, range.

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