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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun chain:


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Definition of the noun chain

What does chain mean as a name of something?

Chain is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: chains

  1. a series of things depending on each other as if linked together
    • example: the chain of command
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of chain: concatenation
    • more generic word: series = similar things placed in order or happening one after another
    • more specific terms:
      • catena = a chain of connected ideas or passages or objects so arranged that each member is closely related to the preceding and following members
      • daisy chain = a series of associated things or people or experiences
  2. (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)
  3. a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: ligament = any connection or unifying bond
    • more specific terms:
      • anchor chain / anchor rope = the chain or rope that attaches an anchor to a vessel
      • bicycle chain = a chain that transmits the power from the pedals to the rear wheel of a bicycle
      • chatelaine = a chain formerly worn at the waist by women
      • watch chain / watch guard / fob = short chain or ribbon attaching a pocket watch to a man's vest
      • paper chain = a chain made of loops of colored paper
      • pull chain = a chain (usually with a handle at the end) that is pulled in order to operate some mechanism
      • snow chain / tire chain = chain attached to wheels to increase traction on ice or snow
    • part of: bicycle / bike / cycle / wheel = a wheeled vehicle that has two wheels and is moved by foot pedals; chain printer = an impact printer that carries the type slugs by links of a revolving chain; chain tongs = a pipe wrench used for turning large pipes
  4. (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership
  5. anything that acts as a restraint
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic words: constraint / restraint = a device that retards something's motion
  6. a unit of length
  7. British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)
  8. a series of hills or mountains
  9. a linked or connected series of objects
    • example: a chain of daisies
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: necklace = jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament
  10. a necklace made by stringing objects together
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of chain: strand / string
    • more generic word: necklace = jewelry consisting of a cord or chain (often bearing gems) worn about the neck as an ornament

Alternative definition of the noun chain


  1. A series of interconnected rings or links usually made of metal.
  2. A series of interconnected things.
  3. A series of stores or businesses with the same brand name.
  4. A number of atoms in a series, which combine to form a molecule.
  5. [surveying] A series of interconnected links of known length, used as a measuring device.
  6. [surveying] A long measuring tape.
  7. A unit of length equal to 22 yards. The length of a commonly used surveying chain. The length of a cricket pitch. Equal to 17.85 metres. Equal to 4 rods.
  8. [British] A sequence of linked house purchases, each of which is dependent on the preceding and succeeding purchase (said to be "broken" if a buyer or seller pulls out).

Definition of the verb chain

What does chain mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: chained | chaining | chains

  1. connect or arrange into a chain by linking
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: arrange / set up = put into a proper or systematic order
    • more specific word: concatenate = combine two strings to form a single one
  2. fasten or secure with chains

Alternative definition of the verb chain


  1. [transitive] To fasten something with a chain
  2. [intransitive] To link multiple items together
  3. [transitive] To secure someone with fetters
  4. [transitive] To obstruct the mouth of a river etc with a chain
  5. [computing] To relate data items with a chain of pointers.
  6. [computing] To be chained to another data item.
  7. [transitive] To measure a distance using a 66-foot long chain, as in land surveying.
  8. [transitive, computing, rare, associated with [w, Acorn Computers]] To load and automatically run (a program).


  1. Chain are an Australian blues band formed in Melbourne as The Chain in late 1968 with a lineup including guitarist, vocalist Phil Manning; they are sometimes known as Matt Taylor's Chain after lead singer-songwriter and harmonica player, Matt Taylor. Their January 1971 single "Black and Blue", which became their only top twenty hit, was recorded by Chain line-up of Manning, Taylor, drummer Barry Harvey and bass guitarist Barry Sullivan. The related album, Toward the Blues followed in September and peaked in the top ten albums chart.
  2. Chain is a musical group.
  3. Chain is a musical group.
    • albums: "Chain", "Two of a Kind"

There are other groups with in their name, like Chain rule, Chain-Gang, Zico Chain, Human chain, Velvet Chain, Chain Collector, Chain Link Fence, The Ball & Chain, The Prayer Chain, A Weathered Chain, Chain of Strength, Chain and The Gang, Chain Gang Parolees, Gold Chain Military, Goldie Lookin Chain, The Jesus And Mary Chain, Paul Chain Violet Theatre, Paul Chain - The Improvisor and Paul Chain Experimental Information.


  1. "Chain" is the musical album of the group KAT-TUN.
    • genre: Pop rock
    • released on
  2. "Chain" was Edinburgh musician Paul Haig's third album and was released in May 1989 on Circa Records, a subsidiary of Virgin Records. Chain, which Haig financed himself, was recorded and completed in 1988, but it sat on the shelf after the normally accommodating Les Disques Du Crepuscule decided not to take up the option of releasing it. The album was co-produced by long-time Haig cohort, Alan Rankine, instrumentalist with celebrated Dundee band, The Associates. There was another Associates connection on the album - the track "Chained" was written by Haig's good friend, Billy Mackenzie. Haig returned the favour and gave Mackenzie the track "Reach The Top" for his album The Glamour Chase, which after many years in limbo was finally released in 2002.
    • genre: Synthpop
    • released in (8 years ago)
  3. "CHAIN" is an EP released by Bonnie Pink under the Warner Music Japan label on November 26, 2008.
  4. "Chain" is the third studio album by American rock band from Athens, Georgia Pylon, released in 1990.
  5. "Chain" is a composition.
  6. "Chain" is a musical album of The Family Stand.
    • released on (24 years ago)
  7. "CHAIN" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  8. "Chain" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  9. "Chain" is a musical single of Back-On.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  10. "Chain" is a musical single of Snow*.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  11. "Chain" is a musical album of Flutwacht.
    • released in (9 years ago)
  12. "Chain" is a musical album of Daniel Payne.
    • released in (7 years ago)
  13. "Chain" is a musical album of Adam Ezra Group.
    • released in (10 years ago)
  14. "chain" is a musical album of Chain.
    • released in (8 years ago)
  15. "Chain" is a composition.


"Chain" is an award-winning published work, short story, written work, work of fiction.


  1. "Chain" is a "narrative/documentary" film written and directed by Jem Cohen. The movie is about two women, a corporate executive and a young drifter whose lives are changed by the loss of regional identity due to the similarity of retail culture worldwide. Although the ladies' lives seem very distinct at the start, by the end of the film they have been reduced to similar viewpoints in their lives.
  2. "Chain" is a horror film directed by Takato Hosoi.
    • country: Japan
    • language: Japanese Language
    • genre: Horror
    • rating: R15+
    • released on


  1. Chain: In algebraic topology, a simplicial k-chain is a formal linear combination of k-simplices.
  2. Chain: A chain, when used in reference to the process of buying or selling a house, is a sequence of linked house purchases, each of which is dependent on the preceding and succeeding purchase. The term is commonly used in the UK.
  3. CHAIN was Datapoint's batch programming language, used in the late 1980s.
  4. The Chain, sometimes also pronounced as Chai, are cultivating and fishing caste found in eastern Uttar Pradesh in India. They are a sub-group within the larger Kewat communinity of North India.
  5. CHAIN: The CECED Convergence Working Group has defined a new platform, called CHAIN, which defines a protocol for interconnecting different home appliances in a single multibrand system.
  6. Chain is a 2002 theater production of the play by Pearl Cleage.
    • award: - Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress, Resident Play nomination for Kamilah Forbes
  7. Chain: Consumer companies, businesses or organizations that have more than one location. This type can apply to retail chains as well as other types of establishment chains such as universities, health organizations, government offices, and any other organization that has more than one location.

Phrases with Chain

Phrases starting with the word Chain:

  1. chain up
  2. Chain gun
  3. chain saw
  4. chain fern
  5. chain gang
  6. chain mail
  7. chain pike
  8. Chain pump
  9. chain armor

Phrases ending with the word Chain:

  1. Bra Chain
  2. Door chain
  3. food chain
  4. long chain
  5. long-chain
  6. open chain
  7. open-chain
  8. pull chain
  9. Side chain
  10. snow chain
  11. tire chain

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Chain

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Google previewEnvironmental Issues in Supply Chain Management (2012)

New Trends and Applications by Paulina Golinska, Carlos Andres Romano

The Supply Chain is a concept designed to manage entire supply chains consisting of numerous participating organizations...

Sustainability in the supply chain is the management of environmental, social and economic impacts, and the ...

Google previewSpringer Handbook of Computational Intelligence (2015)

by Janusz Kacprzyk, Witold Pedrycz

A Markov chain is a simple stochastic process for sequences. It assumes that an observation yt at time (position) t only depends on a finite set of L 1 predecessors in the sequence. The number of predecessor L influencing the new observation ...

Google previewRandom Number Generation and Monte Carlo Methods (2013)

by James E. Gentle

(A Markov chain is a sequence of random variables, X1, X2,..., such that the disribution of Xi+1 given X* is independent of Xt-1...

Google previewProduct Policy in Europe: New Environmental Perspectives (2012)

by F. Oosterhuis, F. Rubik, G. Scholl

Substances are all natural or produced chemical elements or chemical compounds; a substance chain is the way of a...

substance chains can refer to different investigation units: quite often a substance chain refers to a national borderline and ...

Google previewCommunity/Public Health Nursing, Promoting the Health of Populations (2016)

Nursing, Nursing by CTI Reviews

A cold chain is a temperaturecontrolled supply chain. An unbroken cold chain is an uninterrupted series of storage and distribution activities which maintain a ...

Google previewSupply Chain Design and Management (2002)

Strategic and Tactical Perspectives by Manish Govil, Jean-Marie Proth

GLOBAL DEFINITION A supply chain is a global network of organizations that cooperate to improve the flows of material and information between suppliers and customers at the lowest cost and the highest speed. The objective of a supply ...

Google previewMeasuring Globalization (2015)

Better Trade Statistics for Better Policy by Susan N. Houseman, Michael mandel

Global value chains and production fragmentation are interrelated phenomena. A value chain is the set of interrelated economic activities that contribute to the provision of a good or service, starting with product development and ending with ...

Google previewCrochet Stitch Dictionary (2013)

200 Essential Stitches with Step-by-Step Photos by Sarah Hazell

Foundation chains The foundation chain is the crochet equivalent of casting on in knitting.

Google previewInformation-Based Manufacturing (2001)

Technology, Strategy and Industrial Applications by Michael J. Shaw

The supply chain is a worldwide network of suppliers, factories, warehouses, distribution centers, and retailers through which raw materials are acquired, transformed, and delivered to customers. In recent years, a new software architecture for ...

Google previewREMR Management Systems--Navigation and Flood Control Structures, Condition Rating Procedures for Lock and Dam Operating Equipment

Identify whether the chain is a ROLLER or ROUND LINK TYPE. Observation of the chain assembly during gate or valve movement is a good indicator of problems. Record any indication of NOISE, JUMPING, and/or VIBRATION during ...

Google previewMaking Markets More Inclusive (2014)

Lessons from CARE and the Future of Sustainability in Agricultural Value Chain Development by K. McKague, M. Siddiquee

Reaching scale through upgrading an existing value chain is the primary route to increased impact through an...

Google previewHandbook of Service Marketing Research (2014)

by Roland T. Rust, Ming-Hui Huang

the satisfaction profit chain is a conceptual framework...

Google previewThe Art of Computer Programming, Volume 4A (2014)

Combinatorial Algorithms by Donald E. Knuth

Let's say that a 2adic chain is a sequence (x0, x1, ..., xr) of 2adic integers in which each element xi ...

Google previewSupply Chain and Transportation Dictionary (2012)

by Joseph L. Cavinato

SUPPLY CHAIN 1) Goods Firms.

Google previewHawkins' mechanical dictionary (1909)

a cyclopedia of words, terms, phrases and data used in the mechanic arts, trades and sciences by Nehemiah Hawkins

Chain.— 1. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected or fitted into one another; used for various purposes, as for support, connection, ...

Google previewCraftsman's Illustrated Dictionary of Construction Terms (1994)

by James T. Frane

chain /chamfer 61 and bum, but cetane has very good ignition quality and alpha- methyl-napthalene has very poor ignition quality. The proportions of this mixture are adjusted so that it has the same ignition quality as the diesel fuel being tested ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of E-Collaboration (2007)

by Kock, Ned

Chain. Sharon A. Cox Birmingham City University, UK John S. Perkins Newman College of Higher Education, UK IntroductIon The exchange of information is recognised as a major enablerofeffective supply chain management. The potential ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Decision Making and Decision Support Technologies (2008)

by Adam, Frederic

A supply chain involves a number of tiers of suppliers and customers that extends from the initial source of raw materials through to the final consumer of the finished product. Supply chain managementinvolves the coordination of a number of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Communities of Practice in Information and Knowledge Management (2005)

by Coakes, Elayne

Chain. Logistics Sourcing Knowledge Management Process. 293...

BACKGROUND A supply chain consists of all parties involved, directly or indirectly, in fulfilling the end consumer's request.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Operations Management (2012)

A Field Manual and Glossary of Operations Management Terms and Concepts by Arthur V. Hill

critical chain – The set of tasks that determines the overall duration of a project, taking into account both precedence and resource dependencies. The critical chain is similar to the ...

Google previewStitch Encyclopedia: Crochet (2014)

An Illustrated Guide to the Essential Crochet Stitches by Bunka Gakuen

D O U B L E C R O C H E T The first 3 chains are the turning chain for Row 1 and are counted as the first stitch. Yarn over once, insert the hook in the foundation chain and pull up a loop (3 loops are on the hook), yarn over, and pull the yarn ...

Google previewThe Facts on File Dictionary of Ecology and the Environment (2009)

by Jill Bailey

food chain top consumers (carnivores) secondary consumers (carnivores) primary consumers (herbivores) producers (plants) DEAD ORGANISMS decomposers food chain The chain of organisms existing in any natural COMMUNITY, through ...

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Quotes about Chain

Don't patronize the chain bookstores. Every time I see some author scheduled to read and sign his books at a chain bookstore, I feel like telling him he's stabbing the independent bookstores in the back. (Lawrence Ferlinghetti)
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Scrabble value of C3H4A1I1N1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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