Definition of Gunter's chain in English:

Share this entry

Gunter's chain

Pronunciation: /ˈɡən(t)ərz ˌCHān/


1A former measuring instrument 66 feet (20.1 m) long, subdivided into 100 links, each of which is a short section of wire connected to the next link by a loop. It has now been superseded by the steel tape and electronic equipment.
Example sentences
  • He also invented Gunter's chain which was 22 yards long with 100 links.
  • These lines all derive from the US Public Land Survey which began on 30 September 1785 when Thomas Hutchins, first Geographer of the United States, unrolled a 22 yard Gunter's chain on the west bank of the Ohio river.
1.1A measure of length equivalent to a Gunter’s chain, equal to 1/10 furlong or 1/80 mile. Also called chain.


Late 17th century: named after Edmund Gunter (1581–1626), the English mathematician who devised it.

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.