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Dictionary definition for: Chain

1. (n) a series of things depending on each other as if linked together; "the chain of command" "a complicated concatenation of circumstances"

2. (v) connect or arrange into a chain by linking

3. (n) (chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)

4. (v) fasten or secure with chains; "Chain the chairs together"

5. (n) a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament

6. (n) a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership

7. (n) anything that acts as a restraint

8. (n) a unit of length

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

10. (n) a series of hills or mountains; "the valley was between two ranges of hills" "the plains lay just beyond the mountain range"

11. (n) metal shackles; for hands or legs

12. (n) a necklace made by a stringing objects together; "a string of beads" "a strand of pearls"

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