chain

noun
1 line of rings joined together
ADJECTIVE
heavy
thin
gold, silver

She wore a long gold chain around her neck.

rusty
bicycle
key
daisy, paper
… OF CHAIN
length
VERB + CHAIN
pull, pull at, yank, yank at
CHAIN + VERB
clank
CHAIN + NOUN
mail (= protective covering made of chains)
PREPOSITION
in chains

The prisoner was led away in chains.

off sb's/the chain

Let the dog off its chain.

on a/the chain

They kept the dog on a chain all day long.

PHRASES
a chain of office (BrE)

The mayor was wearing his chain of office.

a chain on the door

Put the chain on the door before you go to bed.

a link in the chain

Our suppliers are the weakest link in the chain.

2 number of things in a line
ADJECTIVE
island, mountain
human
VERB + CHAIN
form

The people formed a human chain to pass the supplies up the beach.

PREPOSITION
chain of

a chain of volcanic islands

3 group of shops/stores, etc. owned by the same company
ADJECTIVE
big, large, major
small
fast-food, grocery (esp. AmE), hotel, restaurant, retail, supermarket, etc.
CHAIN + NOUN
store
PREPOSITION
chain of

a chain of department stores

PHRASES
part of a chain

This hotel is part of a large chain.

4 number of connected events or situations
ADJECTIVE
long
complex

the complex chain of events that led to the war

unbroken

He is the latest in an unbroken chain of entertainers.

causal
food, supply

efforts to ensure that dioxins do not enter the food chain

VERB + CHAIN
break
CHAIN + NOUN
reaction
letter
PHRASES
a chain of command (= a system by which instructions are passed from one person to another)
a chain of events

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Chain — (ch[=a]n), n. [F. cha[^i]ne, fr. L. catena. Cf. {Catenate}.] 1. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chain — [tʆeɪn] noun [countable] 1. a number of shops, hotels, cinemas etc owned or managed by the same company or person: • Britain s leading supermarket chain chain of • a chain of travel agents. 2. a series of people or organizations involved in… …   Financial and business terms

  • chain — chain; chain·er; chain·less; chain·let; chain·man; chain·o·mat·ic; chain·wale; en·chain; en·chain·ment; un·chain; mul·ti·chain; …   English syllables

  • chain — [chān] n. [ME & OFr chaine < L catena < IE base * kat , to twist, twine > prob. OE heathor, confinement] 1. a flexible series of joined links, usually of metal, used to pull, confine, etc. or to transmit power 2. TIRE CHAIN 3. [pl.] a)… …   English World dictionary

  • Chain — Chain, v. t. [imp. p. p. {Chained} (ch[=a]nd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Chaining}.] 1. To fasten, bind, or connect with a chain; to fasten or bind securely, as with a chain; as, to chain a bulldog. [1913 Webster] Chained behind the hostile car. Prior.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chain — I (nexus) noun act of coming together, act of coupling, act of joining, act of uniting, affiliation, affinity, alliance, association, attachment, attraction, bond, bond of union, bridge, conjunction, connectedness, connecting link, connecting… …   Law dictionary

  • CHAIN — can refer to:* CHAIN programming language * CHAIN (industry standard), an acronym for Ceced Home Appliances Interoperating Network, a standard for a multi brands home network of interactive household appliances.See also Chain …   Wikipedia

  • chain — [n1] succession, series alternation, catena, concatenation, conglomerate, consecution, continuity, group, order, progression, row, sequence, set, string, syndicate, train, trust; concepts 432,727,769 chain [n2] connected metal links; jewelry made …   New thesaurus

  • chain —   [tʃeɪn, englisch], noch gebräuchliche Längeneinheit in Großbritannien und den USA: 1 chain = 22 yd = 20,1168 m …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Chain — [tʃein] das; s, <aus engl. chain »Kette«, dies aus fr. chaîne, vgl. ↑Chaine> Längeneinheit in Großbritannien u. in den USA (20,11 m) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • chain n — chain store n, chain letter …   English expressions

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