- A series of things depending on each other as if linked together
"the chain of command"
- (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)
- chemical chain
- A series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
- (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theatres) under one ownership
- Anything that acts as a restraint
- A unit of length
- A series of hills or mountains
- range, mountain range, range of mountains, mountain chain, chain of mountains
- A linked or connected series of objects
"a chain of daisies"
- A necklace made by a stringing objects together
- string, strand
- Connect or arrange into a chain by linking
- Fasten or secure with chains
"Chain the chairs together"
- British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)
- Ernst Boris Chain, Sir Ernst Boris Chain
Derived forms: chained, chains, chaining
See also: catenulate
Type of: arrange, biochemist, building block, business, business concern, business organisation [Brit], business organization, concern, constraint, fasten, fix, formation, geological formation, ligament, linear measure, linear unit, necklace, restraint, secure, series, set up, unit
in. to smoke cigarette after cigarette.
• I never wanted to chainsmoke, but I got addicted.
• I used to chain, and my husband threatened to leave me if I didn't give it up. I quit when he left.
A land surveyor's standard distance-measuring device. Also see Gunter's chain.
DISTRIBUTION CHAIN, SUPPLY CHAIN, VALUE CHAIN
a group of shops/stores, hotels, etc. owned by the same company:
The company sells its products through retail chains.
a chain of book stores
a fast-food/grocery/hotel/retail/supermarket chain
◆ a chain of chemists/clubs/restaurants/stores/supermarkets
a series of things or people that are connected:
Most organizations have a formal chain of command (= a system by which instructions are passed down from one person to another).
a chain of events that led to the collapse of the company
See net, chain, cell system.
- in a spasm of rapture he tears off his chains.
- more reds now swarmed over the chains.
- is there any bend in the seamount chain?
- chain is a business that has several outlets.
- the dog is fastened to post by an iron chain.