chain1 W2S3 [tʃeın] n
1¦(joined rings)¦
2¦(connected events)¦
4¦(connected line)¦
6¦(buying a house)¦
[Date: 1200-1300; : Old French; Origin: chaeine, from Latin catena]
1.) ¦(JOINED RINGS)¦ [U and C]
a series of metal rings which are joined together in a line and used for fastening things, supporting weights, decoration etc
She had a gold chain around her neck.
a length of heavy chain
the Mayor's chain of office (=a decoration worn by some British officials at ceremonies)
pull the chain
(=flush the toilet) BrE
a bicycle chain
(=that makes the wheels turn)
a connected series of events or actions, especially which lead to a final result
the chain of events that led to World War I
The salesmen are just one link in the chain (=part of a process) of distribution.
a rather complicated chain of reasoning
a number of shops, hotels, cinemas etc owned or managed by the same company or person
chain of
a chain of restaurants
hotel/restaurant/retail etc chain
several major UK supermarket chains
people or things which are connected or next to each other forming a line
mountain/island chain
the Andean mountain chain
chain of atoms/molecules etc
a chain of amino acids
They quickly formed a human chain (=a line of people who pass things from one person to the next) to move the equipment.
They sat on the grass making daisy chains (=flowers tied together) .
5.) ¦(PRISONERS)¦ [C usually plural]
metal chains fastened to the legs and arms of a prisoner, to prevent them from escaping
in chains
He was led away in chains.
ball and chain
(=a chain attached to someone's ankle at one end with a heavy metal ball at the other)
6.) ¦(BUYING A HOUSE)¦ [C usually singular]
BrE a number of people buying houses, where each person must complete the sale of their own house before they can buy the next person's house
chain 2
chain2 v
1.) [T]
to fasten someone or something to something else using a chain, especially in order to prevent them from escaping or being stolen
chain sb/sth to sth
a bicycle chained to the fence
Four activists chained themselves to the gates.
chain sb/sth up
The elephants were chained up by their legs.
chain sb/sth together
Their hands and feet were chained together.
2.) be chained to sth
to have your freedom restricted because of something you must do
She felt chained to the kitchen sink.
I don't want a job where I'm chained to a desk all day.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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