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Gunter's chain Line breaks: Gun¦ter's chain
Pronunciation: /ˈɡʌntəz/

Definition of Gunter's chain in English:


1A former measuring instrument 66 ft (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.
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.

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