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chain a series of connected links, usu. made of metal, used for attaching, pulling, binding, or ornamentation. [9 definitions]
chain gang a group of convicts chained together to prevent their escape from an outdoor work site.
chain letter a letter with a message or money-making proposal that instructs the recipient to copy the letter and send it to others.
chain-link fence a fence made of interwoven links of galvanized steel.
chain mail flexible armor made of metal links or scalelike plates joined together.
chain of events a series of related events that occur in a sequence after some particular triggering event.
chain-react to be part of or involved in a chain reaction.
chain reaction any sequence of events in which the result of one event becomes the cause of the one that follows. [3 definitions]
chain saw a portable power saw that cuts by means of teeth set into a revolving chain.
chain-smoke to smoke (cigars or cigarettes) one after the other.
chain stitch a crocheting and embroidery stitch that resembles links in a chain.
chain store one of a group of retail stores that are under the same ownership or central management system and that follow a uniform marketing policy.
chair a piece of furniture, usu. with a back and four legs, for one person to sit on. [5 definitions]
chairlift a system of chairs suspended from a power-driven cable, used to carry people, esp. skiers, up or down mountainsides.
chairman a man who presides over a board, meeting, committee, or the like.
chairperson one who presides over a board, meeting, committee, or the like.
chairwoman a woman who presides over a board, meeting, committee, or the like.
chaise a lightweight, two-wheeled carriage drawn by one horse. [3 definitions]
chaise longue a couchlike chair with an elongated seat that supports the legs of the sitter.
chaise lounge chaise longue.
chalaza one of two spiral strands of albumen that connect the yolk of an egg to the shell membrane and help keep the yolk centrally suspended.