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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.


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


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