1. [ noun ] a series of things depending on each other as if linked together
Synonyms: concatenation

: "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)
Synonyms: chemical_chain
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
Related terms: 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
Related terms: shackle
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)
Synonyms: sir_ernst_boris_chain ernst_boris_chain
Related terms: biochemist
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
Synonyms: strand string

"a string of beads" or "a strand of pearls"

Related terms: necklace string
Similar spelling:   Chin