chain-n; 9 Senses

Sense Number 1: an interrelated or dependent series of things, events

Commentary: CHAIN[+relation][+series][+dependent][+events/+things]

The toxins in the water work their way up the food chain.
This was an unforeseen chain of events.
John threw away the chain letter that arrived in the mail.
The police have been studying a chain of robberies on the south side of town.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: linked atoms that form a chemical unit

Commentary: CHAIN[+substance][+chemical][+unit][+linked]

The hydrogen and carbon atoms form long chains in these organic compounds.
Do sugars contain stable molecular chains?

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2

Sense Number 3: linked metal components that form a flexible extension, for various purposes

Commentary: CHAIN[+artifact][+linked][+tool][+transmission/+restraint/+support/+measurement]

You aren't allowed on this highway in the winter without chains on your tires.
Those toilets use a button rather than a pull chain.
He measured the property with an engineer's chain.
The prisoner escaped with chains still dragging from his ankles.
Their economy finally broke free from the chains of inflation and unemployment. (figurative)

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1c-1

Sense Number 4: a collection of similar businesses operated by one owner or company

Commentary: CHAIN[+collection][+business][+similar]

Mary dislikes eating at that fast-food chain.
Bill's uncle owns a chain of grocery stores down south.
The big discount chains have undercut many small businesses.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4

Sense Number 5: jewelry comprised of linked pieces, necklace, bracelet

Commentary: CHAIN[+artifact][+linked][+jewelry][+necklace/+bracelet]

He gave her a gold chain with a jade pendant.
My grandfather's watch chain was made of 24-karat gold.
The children made daisy chains to wear as bracelets.
Sally doesn't like guys who wear gold chains and unbuttoned shirts.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 10

Sense Number 6: a series of mountain ranges

Commentary: CHAIN[+formation][+geological][+series]

It's a chain of peaks that is part of the Rocky Mountains.
They crossed several mountain chains in their covered wagons.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 8

Sense Number 7: unit of length, a measurement of 20 meters

Commentary: CHAIN[+quantity][+length][+unit][+nautical/+engineering]

He estimated their lot was six chains in length.
A nautical chain is fifteen feet in length.
The surveyor used a chain to measure the property.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 6

Sense Number 8: a dance configuration in a quadrille

Commentary: CHAIN[+action][+dance][+configuration]

The dancers formed a chain during the quadrille.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 2e

Sense Number 9: none of the above

Commentary: Automatically generated NOTA sense (bbn)