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Definition 1: a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament - [noun denoting artifact]

(chain is a kind of ...) any connection or unifying bond

(... is a kind of chain ) the chain or rope that attaches an anchor to a vessel

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain (usually with a handle at the end) that is pulled in order to operate some mechanism (e.g. to flush a toilet)

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain made of loops of colored paper; used to decorate a room

(... is a kind of chain ) short chain or ribbon attaching a pocket watch to a man's vest

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain formerly worn at the waist by women; for carrying a purse or bunch of keys etc.

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain that transmits the power from the pedals to the rear wheel of a bicycle

(... is a kind of chain ) chain attached to wheels to increase traction on ice or snow

(... is part of chain) a pipe wrench used for turning large pipes; an adjustable chain circles the pipe with its ends connected to the head whose teeth engage the pipe

(... is part of chain) an impact printer that carries the type slugs by links of a revolving chain

(... is part of chain) a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals

Definition 2: a necklace made by stringing objects together - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where chain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a string of beads
  • a strand of pearls

Synonyms for chain in the sense of this definition

(chain is a kind of ...) jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)

Definition 3: anything that acts as a restraint - [noun denoting artifact]

(chain is a kind of ...) a device that retards something's motion

"the car did not have proper restraints fitted"

Definition 4: a linked or connected series of objects - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where chain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a chain of daisies

(chain is a kind of ...) jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament (especially by women)

Definition 5: a series of things depending on each other as if linked together - [noun denoting group]

Samples where chain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the chain of command
  • a complicated concatenation of circumstances

Synonyms for chain in the sense of this definition

(chain is a kind of ...) similar things placed in order or happening one after another

"they were investigating a series of bank robberies"

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain of connected ideas or passages or objects so arranged that each member is closely related to the preceding and following members (especially a series of patristic comments elucidating Christian dogma)

(... is a kind of chain ) (figurative) a series of associated things or people or experiences

Definition 6: (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership - [noun denoting group]

(chain is a kind of ...) a commercial or industrial enterprise and the people who constitute it

"he bought his brother's business" "a small mom-and-pop business" "a racially integrated business concern"

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain of clothing stores

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain of discount stores

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain of restaurants

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain of retail stores

(chain is a member of ...) one of a chain of retail stores under the same management and selling the same merchandise

(chain belongs to category ...) the activity of providing goods and services involving financial and commercial and industrial aspects

"computers are now widely used in business"

Definition 7: (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule) - [noun denoting object]

Synonyms for chain in the sense of this definition

(chain is a kind of ...) a single undivided natural thing occurring in the composition of something else

"units of nucleic acids"

(... is a kind of chain ) (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop

(... is a kind of chain ) (chemistry) a relatively long chain of atoms in a molecule

(... is a kind of chain ) a chain of atoms in a molecule whose ends are not joined to form a ring

(... is part of chain) (physics and chemistry) the simplest structural unit of an element or compound

(chain belongs to category ...) the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions

Definition 8: a series of hills or mountains - [noun denoting object]

Samples where chain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the valley was between two ranges of hills
  • the plains lay just beyond the mountain range

Synonyms for chain in the sense of this definition

(chain is a kind of ...) (geology) the geological features of the earth

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in western Russia extending from the Arctic to the Caspian Sea; forms part of the traditional boundary between Europe and Asia

(... is an instance of chain) mountain range in New Mexico to the east of the Rio Grande

(... is an instance of chain) the chief mountain range of western North America; extends from British Columbia to northern New Mexico; forms the continental divide

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in the Balkan peninsula in southeastern Europe; extends along the border between Greece and Bulgaria

(... is an instance of chain) a chain of mountains between France and Spain

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in central Asia that is centered in Tajikistan but extends into Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan and Pakistan and western China

(... is an instance of chain) an area of low mountains in northwestern Arkansas and southeastern Missouri and northeastern Oklahoma

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in southeastern China running generally east to west

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in northwestern Israel near the Mediterranean coast

"according to the Old Testament, Elijah defeated the priests of Baal at Mount Carmel"

(... is an instance of chain) a range of hills in northeastern Minnesota where rich iron ore deposits were discovered in 1887

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in western China that extends eastward from the Indian border for 1000 miles

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in northern Kashmir; an extension of the Hindu Kush; contains the 2nd highest peak

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in southwestern Colorado that is part of the Rocky Mountains

(... is an instance of chain) a range of mountains in southern Siberia to the west of Lake Baikal; contain important mineral deposits

(... is an instance of chain) a popular tourist area in the Tyrol

(... is an instance of chain) a range of the southern Carpathian Mountains extending across central Romania

(... is an instance of chain) a major mountain range of central Asia; extends 1,500 miles

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in northwest Wyoming; contains the Grand Teton

(... is an instance of chain) a range of the Appalachian Mountains along the eastern border of New York with Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Vermont

(... is an instance of chain) a range of mountains between Alaska and the Yukon territory

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in southern Spain along the Mediterranean coast to the east of Granada

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in eastern California; contains Mount Whitney

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in northeastern Mexico the runs parallel to the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in northwestern Mexico that runs south from Arizona parallel to the Pacific coastline

(... is an instance of chain) a range of mountains (usually with jagged peaks and irregular outline)

(... is an instance of chain) a range of the Rocky Mountains in southeastern British Columbia

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range extending to the west of the Himalayas

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range extending 1500 miles on the border between India and Tibet; this range contains the world's highest mountain

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in southern New Mexico and western Texas; the southern extension of the Sacramento Mountains

(... is an instance of chain) a low mountain range in western Massachusetts; a resort area

(... is an instance of chain) the major mountain range of Bulgaria and the Balkan Peninsula

(... is an instance of chain) a range of mountains in Australia that forms the southern end of the Great Dividing Range

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in northern Africa between the Mediterranean and the Sahara Desert; extends from southwestern Morocco to northern Tunisia

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in the eastern United States extending from Quebec to the Gulf of Mexico; a historic barrier to early westward expansion of the United States

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range extending the length of the Italian peninsula

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in South America running 5000 miles along the Pacific coast

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in central Asia that extends a thousand miles from Kazakhstan eastward into western Mongolia and northern China

(... is an instance of chain) a large mountain system in south-central Europe; scenic beauty and winter sports make them a popular tourist attraction

(... is an instance of chain) the western part of the Appalachian Mountains; extending from northern Pennsylvania to southwestern Virginia

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in south central Alaska; contains Mount McKinley

(... is an instance of chain) mountains in Antarctica to the north of Victoria Land

(... is an instance of chain) mountains in southwestern South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming; sacred to the Sioux (whites settling in the Black Hills led to the Battle of Little Bighorn); site of Mount Rushmore

(... is an instance of chain) a range of the Appalachians extending from southern Pennsylvania to northern Georgia

(... is an instance of chain) a range of mountains in northern Spain along the coast of the Bay of Biscay

(... is an instance of chain) a range of the Appalachian Mountains that extends from south to north through Vermont

(... is an instance of chain) part of the Appalachians between North Carolina and Tennessee

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range running along the eastern coast of Australia

(... is an instance of chain) an eastern range of the Alps in northeastern Italy famous for their dolomitic limestone

(... is an instance of chain) the southwestern part of the Appalachians

(... is an instance of chain) a string of mountain ranges along the Pacific coast of North America from southeastern Alaska to Lower California

(... is an instance of chain) the mountain range in Caucasia between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea that forms part of the traditional border between Europe and Asia

(... is an instance of chain) a range of the Appalachians to the west of the Hudson in southeastern New York; includes many popular resort areas

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in the northwestern United States extending through Washington and Oregon and northern California; a part of the Coast Range

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in central Europe that extends from Slovakia and southern Poland southeastward through western Ukraine to northeastern Romania; a popular resort area

(... is an instance of chain) a mountain range in northeastern New York State; a popular resort area

(chain is a part of ...) the location in a range of mountains of a geological formation that is lower than the surrounding peaks

"we got through the pass before it started to snow"

(chain is a part of ...) a block of the earth's crust bounded by faults and shifted to form peaks of a mountain range

Definition 9: British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for chain in the sense of this definition

(chain is an instance of ...) someone with special training in biochemistry

Definition 10: a unit of length - [noun denoting quantity]

(chain is a kind of ...) a unit of measurement of length

(... is a kind of chain ) a unit of length (22 yards)

(... is a kind of chain ) a unit of length (100 ft)

(... is a kind of chain ) a nautical unit of length (15 ft)

(chain is a part of ...) a unit of length equal to 3 feet; defined as 91.44 centimeters; originally taken to be the average length of a stride

(chain is a part of ...) a unit of length equal to 1/100 of a chain

Definition 11: fasten or secure with chains - [verb of contact]

Samples where chain or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Chain the chairs together

(chain is a kind of ...) cause to be firmly attached

"fasten the lock onto the door" "she fixed her gaze on the man"

Definition 12: connect or arrange into a chain by linking - [verb of contact]

(chain is a kind of ...) put into a proper or systematic order

"arrange the books on the shelves in chronological order"

(... is a kind of chain ) combine two strings to form a single one

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