noun the warp threads of a web.
2. chain ·vt to measure with the chain.
3. chain ·vt to unite closely and strongly.
4. chain ·vt to protect by drawing a chain across, as a harbor.
5. chain ·vt to keep in slavery; to enslave.
6. chain ·noun an instrument which consists of links and is used in measuring land.
7. chain ·noun that which confines, fetters, or secures, as a chain; a bond; as, the chains of habit.
8. chain ·noun iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to bold the dead-eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the channels.
9. chain ·vt to fasten, bind, or connect with a chain; to fasten or bind securely, as with a chain; as, to chain a bulldog.
10. chain ·noun 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.
11. chain ·noun 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.