chain

Definitions

General English

General Science

  • noun a number of components linked together, or a number of connected events

Agriculture

  • noun a number of metal rings attached together to make a line
  • noun a measure of length equal to 22 yards, originally measured with a chain, called Gunter’s chain

Cars & Driving

  • noun a series of flexibly connected links formed into a loop so that it can be passed over sprockets whose teeth engage in the spaces between the links, in order to transmit motion

Computing

  • noun a series of instructions to be executed sequentially
  • verb to link files or data items in series by storing a pointer to the next file or item at each entry

Construction

  • A unit of length used by land surveyors (Gunter's Chain): 7.92" = 1 link; 100 links = 66' = 4 rods = 1 chain; 80 chains = 1 mile.
  • A series of rings or links of metal connected to each other to form useful lengths.

Electronics

  • A series of components, devices, or systems, which are linked, associated, or meant to function simultaneously.
  • A network of stations connected in a manner that they operate as a group. For instance, a radio network, TV network, radar network, or the like. Also called network (3).

Human Resources

  • noun a series of things linked together

Real Estate

  • noun a number of potential buyers and sellers of property each of whose separate property transactions depends to an extent on the transactions of the others, with the result that others are jeopardised if one falls through
  • noun in construction, an accessory used for lifting heavy items

Travel

  • noun a group of hotels, restaurants or shops, all belonging to the same company

Origin & History of “chain”

Chain is a direct descendant of Latin catēna ‘chain’, source also of English concatenate (16th c.), literally ‘link together in a chain’. this passed into Old French as chaeine, a later from of which, chaine, was adopted by English. The Latin word’s antecedents are not known.
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