Meaning of CHAIN in English


Pronunciation: ' ch ā n

Function: noun

Usage: often attrib

Etymology: Middle English cheyne, from Anglo-French chaene, from Latin catena

Date: 14th century

1 a : a series of usually metal links or rings connected to or fitted into one another and used for various purposes (as support, restraint, transmission of mechanical power, or measurement) b : a series of links used or worn as an ornament or insignia c (1) : a measuring instrument of 100 links used in surveying (2) : a unit of length equal to 66 feet (about 20 meters)

2 : something that confines, restrains, or secures

3 a : a series of things linked, connected, or associated together <a chain of events> <a mountain chain > b : a group of enterprises or institutions of the same kind or function usually under a single ownership, management, or control <fast-food chain s > c : a number of atoms or chemical groups united like links in a chain

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.