Definición de chain en inglés:

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Pronunciación: /tʃeɪn/


1A series of linked metal rings used for fastening or securing something, or for pulling loads: he slid the bolts on the front door and put the safety chain across the drug dealer is being kept in chains
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  • In that performance, the magician was tied with metal chains and secured by 50 locks.
  • Four men in a stolen red Vauxhall Cavalier attacked the stand-alone cash machine by placing a metal chain around it and pulling it out onto the pavement.
  • The second time he did the trick with me, he pulled the chain… and the links kinked up and caught together, preventing the loop from falling apart.
fetters, shackles, bonds, irons, leg irons, manacles, handcuffs
informal cuffs, bracelets
archaic trammels, gyves, darbies, bilboes
1.1A decorative chain worn round the neck as jewellery or as a badge of office: a tall man with a heavy gold chain round his neck
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  • This example would have been worn on a chain round the neck, proudly displayed like an order or badge of loyalty.
  • He approached a car queueing at the drive-through, reached through the window and grabbed a gold chain from round the driver's neck.
  • Dressed up in a track suit with a baseball cap, rings on his finger and a silver chain round his neck, the 25 years old explains to the Vacuum how to get most of the brew.
1.2A restrictive force or factor: workers secured by the chains of the labour market
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  • Are we meant to consider that the arrival of the electronic book signals a new freedom for the reader, casing off the restrictive chains of the traditional book?
  • Do the work, stay in the shadows, accept what you are given and never think of organizing to challenge the structure that holds you in chains.
  • In a slave society, where body and mind are in chains, music portrays the fairer sex as a creature to be enslaved.
2A sequence of items of the same type forming a line: he kept the chain of buckets supplied with water
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  • The Balaton Highland is a chain of rolling hills north of Lake Balaton and south of the Veszprem Plateau, rising some 200 m above the lake level.
  • The day had been bright until then, but we'd noticed a bank of fog building up steadily on the outside of the island chain, flopping its forelock languidly over the mountain ridges, waiting for a breeze to give it a leg up.
  • In the northwest Pacific you can see a whole series of seamount chains that were formed by hotspots.
series, succession, string, sequence, train, trail, run, pattern, progression, course, set, line, row, concatenation
2.1A series of connected elements: the action would initiate a chain of events
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  • It's a chain of successful events strung together to accomplish one goal.
  • The uncertainty surrounding him would cause a chain of events and interviews, due diligence any team looking to acquire Williams in a trade would insist upon.
  • The full direction is therefore necessary where ‘… lies constitute an important element in the chain of proof.’
2.2A connected series of mountains: a mountain chain
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  • The sun turned the chain of mountains on the western horizon an amber red, but it was slowly engulfed by the creeping darkness.
  • Most of it is in the Serra de Tramuntana, the chain of mountains that runs across the north of the island.
  • South along the chain of mountains you'll find the peak of Eriagon above the lake at the western entrance of Muriah.
2.3A group of hotels, restaurants, or shops owned by the same company: the agency is part of a nationwide chain [as modifier]: a chain restaurant
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  • His company has the size to survive such a hit, he says, but many travel companies and hotel chains have been cutting staff, reducing shifts and eliminating holiday pay and benefits.
  • These wines will be offered to other distributors, as well as to key retailers and small hotel and restaurant chains across the country.
  • I own a hotel, a chain of restaurants, several factories and shares in shipping, insurance and defence.
multiple shop/store, multiple, firm, company
2.4British A situation in which the sale of a house or flat is dependent on the prospective buyer selling their own or the seller buying another first: our offer was accepted this morning and there’s no chain
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  • Most houses in the UK are sold as links in a chain, where buyers and sellers are all linked together in sequence.
  • For those in a chain, vendors should be aware that the days of the easily obtainable bridging loan are long gone.
  • I put an offer in on October 10 and we're stuck in a chain and have no idea when it'll be sorted.
2.5A part of a molecule consisting of a number of atoms bonded together in a linear sequence.
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  • Lewis structures can also be written for more complex molecules that have a chain of bonded atoms instead of a single central atom.
  • Fatty acids that contain double bonds between carbon atoms in their chain are termed unsaturated fatty acids.
  • Thermoplastics consist of long carbon chains that are covalently bonded to chains of other atoms.
2.6A figure in a quadrille or similar dance, in which dancers meet and pass each other in a continuous sequence.
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  • The corps performs adaptations of folk-dance like material: chains, circle dances, and crossing steps.
  • It could be prompted as a quadrille or used as the figure in a singing call or adapted to a patter routine by having the Four Ladies Chain instead of doing the Allemande Left, etc.
  • Step combinations are given for nineteen quadrille figures, such as "right and left," "hands round," "English chain," "ladies' chain," and "balance."
3A jointed measuring line consisting of linked metal rods.
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  • There was also in evidence picket poles, rods, chains and all the instrumental paraphernalia of field work.
  • The chain was a surveyors chain of 22 yds, two men and an umpire measuring the hit.
  • The offices of the two ministers of the law were at about equal distance, and resort was had to a surveyor's chain, to ascertain which was nearest.
3.1A measure of length equivalent to a chain (66 ft).
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  • Shallow streams and intermittent streams without well defined channel or banks are not meandered, even when more than 3 chains wide.
  • Regular lots are 30 chains wide and 66.67 chains in depth.
  • The original family home built in 1123 AD is a traditional square Norman castle four chains wide with turrets two chains high at each of the four corners.
4 (chains) A structure of planks projecting horizontally from a sailing ship’s sides abreast of the masts, used to widen the basis for the shrouds.
Formed earlier of iron plates
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  • She was accidentally rammed by HMS Warrior in thick weather in the winter of 1867, losing boats, chains, shrouds and back stays.
  • Special platforms were built for the leadsman, but the term chains was retained.
  • To stand "in the chains" means to stand upon the chain-wale between two shrouds, from where the leadsman heaves the hand-lead to measure water depth.


[with object]
1Fasten or secure with a chain: she chained her bicycle to the railings
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  • There was nothing we could have done to make this more secure, short of chaining the airplanes to the ground.
  • Once in place, the loadmasters had to chain the heavily armored vehicles securely to the floor.
  • For Brockovich, being an environmentalist is not about chaining oneself to a tree but ‘intercepting deceit.’
tie, secure, fasten, tether, hitch, bind, rope, moor;
restrain, shackle, fetter, manacle, handcuff, hobble;
confine, imprison
rare trammel, gyve
1.1Confine with a chain: he had been chained up figurative as an actuary you will not be chained to a desk
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  • Movement was restricted because I was chained up, there was little chance of exercise.
  • I was chained up for most of the previous four and a half years.
  • It never said exactly what it was he did, but it must have been pretty bad, because he was all chained up.



drag the chain

Australian /NZ informal Work slowly and ineffectively; lag behind: the government is dragging the chain on this issue
Probably with reference to draught animals in harness allowing the traces to slacken and drag rather than pulling on them
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  • A more reasonable excuse for buying them would be to convince allies we are not "dragging the chain" and so deserve protection, should we need it.
  • He was inclined to drag the chain, though, and needed the occasional, "Come on, dad!"
  • A smart State would not drag the chain; it would not only keep up with the rest of the country but it would lead the country.

pull (or yank) someone's chain

informal Tease someone by leading them to believe something untrue: he’s just pulling your chain
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  • When you can't tell if the tech is dead serious or yanking your chain, it's time to hang up.
  • I've let this slander pass, because I think the audience realizes he's just yanking my chain, and because he was also kind enough to invite me to guest host the show.
  • That should have tipped me off that he was either yanking my chain or wasn't someone to be taken seriously.


Middle English: from Old French chaine, chaeine, from Latin catena 'a chain'.

Palabras que riman con chain

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