Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
  2. (noun, artifact) a necklace made by a stringing objects together
    a strand of pearls
  3. (noun, artifact) anything that acts as a restraint
  4. (noun, artifact) a linked or connected series of objects
  5. (noun, group) (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership
  6. (noun, group) a series of things depending on each other as if linked together
    a complicated concatenation of circumstances
  7. (noun, object) (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)
  8. (noun, object) a series of hills or mountains
    the plains lay just beyond the mountain range
  9. (noun, person) British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)
  10. (noun, quantity) a unit of length
  11. (verb, contact) fasten or secure with chains
  12. (verb, contact) connect or arrange into a chain by linking

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Chain


Origin of the word Chain

  1. c.1300, from O.Fr. chaeine, from L. catena "chain," from PIE base *kat- "to twist, twine." The verb is attested from late 14c. Chain of stores is Amer.Eng., 1846. Chain letter first recorded 1906.
    "In 1896, Miss Audrey Griffin, of Hurstville, New South Wales initiated a 'chain letter' with the object of obtaining 1,000,000 used post… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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