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Meaning & Definition of Chain in English

English

Chain

/ʧen/

noun

1. A series of things depending on each other as if linked together

  • "The chain of command"
  • "A complicated concatenation of circumstances"
    synonym:
  • chain
  • ,
  • concatenation

2. (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)

    synonym:
  • chain
  • ,
  • chemical chain

3. A series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament

    synonym:
  • chain

4. (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership

    synonym:
  • chain

5. Anything that acts as a restraint

    synonym:
  • chain

6. A unit of length

    synonym:
  • chain

7. British biochemist (born in germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by sir alexander fleming (1906-1979)

    synonym:
  • Chain
  • ,
  • Ernst Boris Chain
  • ,
  • Sir Ernst Boris Chain

8. A series of hills or mountains

  • "The valley was between two ranges of hills"
  • "The plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
    synonym:
  • range
  • ,
  • mountain range
  • ,
  • range of mountains
  • ,
  • chain
  • ,
  • mountain chain
  • ,
  • chain of mountains

9. A linked or connected series of objects

  • "A chain of daisies"
    synonym:
  • chain

10. A necklace made by a stringing objects together

  • "A string of beads"
  • "A strand of pearls"
    synonym:
  • chain
  • ,
  • string
  • ,
  • strand

verb

1. Connect or arrange into a chain by linking

    synonym:
  • chain

2. Fasten or secure with chains

  • "Chain the chairs together"
    synonym:
  • chain

Examples of using

The weakest link in the chain is also the strongest. It can break the chain.
A chain fails at its weakest link.
The world's tropical rainforests are critical links in the ecological chain of life on the planet.