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1chain/ˈtʃeɪn/noun
pluralchains
1chain
/ˈtʃeɪn/
noun
pluralchains
Learner's definition of CHAIN  
: a series of usually metal links or rings that are connected to each other in a line and used for supporting heavy things, for holding things together, for decoration, etc.
[count]
[noncount]
— see pictures on this page, and at bicyclesee also choke chain, key chain
   b  [count]  : a chain that is attached to the arms or legs of a prisoner — usually plural — often used figuratively
— see also ball and chain
[count]  : a series or group of things or people that are connected to each other in some way
— see also daisy chain, food chain
[count]  : a group of businesses (such as stores, restaurants, or hotels) that have the same name and basic appearance and sell the same products or services
also  : the company that owns such a group of businesses
— see also chain store
[count]British  : a number of people who each want to buy a house but must first sell their current house before moving to the next one — usually singular

pull the chain

British
: to flush a toilet

pull/yank someone's chain

US, informal
: to deceive someone in a friendly or playful way
2chain/ˈtʃeɪn/verb
chainschainedchaining
2chain
/ˈtʃeɪn/
verb
chainschainedchaining
Learner's definition of CHAIN  
[+ object]
: to fasten, hold, or connect (someone or something) with a chain — often used as (be) chained — often used figuratively
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