- a series of linked metal rings used for fastening or securing something, or for pulling loads；a decorative chain worn round the neck as jewellery or as a badge of office
- fasten or secure with a chain；confine with a chain
noun: chain, plural noun: chains
- 1. a series of linked metal rings used for fastening or securing something, or for pulling loads he slid the bolts on the front door and put the safety chain across the drug dealer is being kept in chains 同義詞
- ▪ a decorative chain worn round the neck as jewellery or as a badge of office a tall man with a heavy gold chain round his neck
- ▪ a restrictive force or factor workers secured by the chains of the labour market
- 2. a sequence of items of the same type forming a line he kept the chain of buckets supplied with water 同義詞
- ▪ a series of connected elements the action would initiate a chain of events
- ▪ a connected series of mountains a mountain chain
- ▪ a group of hotels, restaurants, or shops owned by the same company the agency is part of a nationwide chain a chain restaurant 同義詞
- ▪ British a situation in which the sale of a house or flat is dependent on the prospective buyer selling their own or the seller buying another first our offer was accepted this morning and there's no chain
- ▪ a part of a molecule consisting of a number of atoms bonded together in a linear sequence.
- ▪ a figure in a quadrille or similar dance, in which dancers meet and pass each other in a continuous sequence.
- 3. a jointed measuring line consisting of linked metal rods.
- ▪ a measure of length equivalent to a chain (66 ft).
- 4. a structure of planks projecting horizontally from a sailing ship's sides abreast of the masts, used to widen the basis for the shrouds.
- 1. fasten or secure with a chain she chained her bicycle to the railings
- ▪ confine with a chain he had been chained up as an actuary you will not be chained to a desk