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English noun: chain

1. chain (group) a series of things depending on each other as if linked together


SamplesThe chain of command.
A complicated concatenation of circumstances.


Synonymsconcatenation


Broader (hypernym)series


Narrower (hyponym)catena, daisy chain

2. chain (object) (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)


Synonymschemical chain


Broader (hypernym)building block, unit


Narrower (hyponym)closed chain, long chain, long-chain molecule, open chain, ring


Part meronymmolecule


Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

3. chain (artifact) a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament


Broader (hypernym)ligament


Narrower (hyponym)anchor chain, anchor rope, bicycle chain, chatelaine, fob, paper chain, pull chain, snow chain, tire chain, watch chain, watch guard


Part meronymbicycle, bike, chain printer, chain tongs, cycle, wheel

4. chain (group) (business) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership


Broader (hypernym)business, business concern, business organisation, business organization, concern


Narrower (hyponym)apparel chain, discount chain, restaurant chain, retail chain


Member holonymchain store


Domain categorybusiness, business enterprise, commercial enterprise

5. chain (artifact) anything that acts as a restraint


Broader (hypernym)constraint, restraint

6. chain (quantity) a unit of length


Broader (hypernym)linear measure, linear unit


Narrower (hyponym)engineer's chain, Gunter's chain, nautical chain


Part holonymlink, pace, yard

7. Chain (person) British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)


SynonymsErnst Boris Chain, Sir Ernst Boris Chain


Instance hypernymbiochemist

8. chain (object) a series of hills or mountains


SamplesThe valley was between two ranges of hills.
The plains lay just beyond the mountain range.


Synonymschain of mountains, mountain chain, mountain range, range, range of mountains


Broader (hypernym)formation, geological formation


Instance hyponymAdirondack Mountains, Adirondacks, Admiralty Range, Alaska Range, Alleghenies, Allegheny Mountains, Alps, Altai Mountains, Altay Mountains, Andes, Apennines, Appalachian Mountains, Appalachians, Atlas Mountains, Australian Alps, Balkan Mountain Range, Balkan Mountains, Balkans, Berkshire Hills, Berkshires, Black Hills, Blue Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountains, Cantabrian Mountains, Carpathian Mountains, Carpathians, Cascade Mountains, Cascade Range, Cascades, Catskill Mountains, Catskills, Caucasus, Caucasus Mountains, Coast Mountains, Coast Range, Cumberland Mountains, Cumberland Plateau, Dolomite Alps, Eastern Highlands, Great Dividing Range, Great Smoky Mountains, Green Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains, High Sierra, Himalaya, Himalaya Mountains, Himalayas, Hindu Kush, Hindu Kush Mountains, Karakoram, Karakoram Range, Karakorum Range, Kuenlun, Kuenlun Mountains, Kunlan Shan, Kunlun, Kunlun Mountains, Mesabi Range, Mount Carmel, Mustagh, Mustagh Range, Nan Ling, Ozark Mountains, Ozark Plateau, Ozarks, Pamir Mountains, Pyrenees, Rhodope Mountains, Rockies, Rocky Mountains, Sacramento Mountains, San Juan Mountains, Sayan Mountains, Selkirk Mountains, sierra, Sierra Madre Occidental, Sierra Madre Oriental, Sierra Nevada, Sierra Nevada, Sierra Nevada Mountains, St. Elias Mountains, St. Elias Range, Taconic Mountains, Teton Range, the Alps, the Pamirs, Tien Shan, Transylvanian Alps, Tyan Shan, Tyrolean Alps, Ural Mountains, Urals


Part holonymmassif, mountain pass, notch, pass

9. chain (artifact) a linked or connected series of objects


SamplesA chain of daisies.


Broader (hypernym)necklace

10. chain (artifact) a necklace made by a stringing objects together


SamplesA string of beads.
A strand of pearls.


Synonymsstrand, string


Broader (hypernym)necklace


English verb: chain

1. chain (contact) connect or arrange into a chain by linking


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)arrange, set up


Narrower (hyponym)concatenate

2. chain (contact) fasten or secure with chains


SamplesChain the chairs together.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure


Antonymsunchain









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