|1.||[ noun ] a series of things depending on each other as if linked together|
: "the chain of command" "a complicated concatenation of circumstances"
|Related terms:||series catena daisy_chain catenate|
|2.||[ noun ] (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)|
|Related terms:||unit open_chain closed_chain molecule chemistry catenate|
|3.||[ noun ] a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament|
|Related terms:||ligament paper_chain anchor_chain chatelaine bicycle_chain tire_chains fob pull_chain cycle bicycle chain_tongs chain_printer|
|4.||[ noun ] (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership|
|Related terms:||business retail_chain apparel_chain discount_chain restaurant_chain chain_store dramaturgy|
|5.||[ noun ] anything that acts as a restraint|
|6.||[ noun ] (geography) a series of hills or mountains|
|Synonyms:||range mountain_chain range_of_mountains chain_of_mountains mountain_range|
"the valley was between two ranges of hills" "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"
|Related terms:||geological_formation selkirk_mountains Adirondacks Alleghenies Appalachians Great_Smoky_Mountains Berkshires Black_Hills Cascades Catskills Coast_Range Cumberland_Mountains Apennines Caucasus Karakoram Kunlun Hindu_Kush Tien_Shan Andes Alaska_Range Alps Balkans Ozarks Pyrenees Rockies Sierra_Nevada Teton_Range St._Elias_Range Himalayas Blue_Ridge_Mountains sierra Urals admiralty_range cantabrian_mountains dolomite_alps guadalupe_mountains mesabi_range nan_ling sacramento_mountains sierra_madre_occidental sierra_madre_oriental sierra_nevada atlas_mountains australian_alps carpathian_mountains eastern_highlands mount_carmel rhodope_mountains san_juan_mountains pass massif|
|7.||[ verb ] fasten or secure with chains|
"Chain the chairs together"
|Related terms:||unchain fasten|
|8.||[ noun ] a unit of length|
|Related terms:||linear_unit Gunter's_chain nautical_chain engineer's_chain foot yard link|
|9.||[ noun ] metal shackles; for hands or legs|
|Synonyms:||irons chains iron|
|10.||[ noun ] (chemistry,biochemistry) British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)|
|11.||[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 22383|
|12.||[ verb ] connect or arrange into a chain by linking|
|Related terms:||arrange concatenate|
|13.||[ noun ] a necklace made by a stringing objects together|
"a string of beads" or "a strand of pearls"
|Related terms:||necklace string|