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1. A series of links or rings connected, or fitted into one another, usually made of some kind of metal, as a chain of gold, or of iron but the word is not restricted to any particular kind of material. It is used often for an ornament about the person.
2. That which binds a real chain that which restrains, confines, or fetters a bond.

If God spared not the angels that sinned, but delivered them into chains of darkness. 2 Peter 2 .

3. Bondage affliction.

He hath made my chain heavy. Lamentations 3 .

4. Bondage slavery.

In despotism the people sleep soundly in their chains.

5. Ornament. Proverbs 1:9 .
6. A series of things linked together a series of things connected or following in succession as a chain of causes, of ideas, or events a chain of being.
7. A range, or line of things connected, as a chain of mountains.
8. A series of links, forming an instrument to measure land.
9. A string of twisted wire, or something similar, to hang a watch on, and for other purposes.
10. In France, a measure of wood for fuel, and various commodities, of various length.
11. In ship-building, chains are strong links or plates of iron, bolted at the lower end to the ships side, used to contain the blocks called dead eyes, by which the shrouds of the mast are extended.
12. The warp in weaving, as in French.

Chain- ump. This consists of a long chain, equipped with a sufficient number of valves, moving on two wheels, one above the other below, passing downward through a wooden tube and returning through another. It is managed by a long winch, on which several men may be employed at once.

Chain-shot, two balls connected by a chain, and used to cut down masts, or cut away shrouds and rigging.

Chain-wales of a ship, broad and thick planks projecting from a ships side, abreast of and behind the masts, for the purpose of extending the shrouds, for better supporting the masts, and preventing the shrouds from damaging the gunwale.

Chain-work, work consisting of threads, cords and the like, linked together in the form of a chain as lineal chaining or tambour work, reticulation or net work, &c.

Top-chain, on board a ship, a chain to sling the sail-yards in time of battle, to prevent their falling, when the ropes that support them are shot away.


1. To fasten, bind or connect with a chain to fasten or bind with any thing in the manner of a chain.
2. To enslave to keep in slavery.

And which more blest? Who chaind his country, say

Or he whose virtue sighed to lose a day?

3. To guard with a chain, as a harbor or passage.
4. To unite to form chain-work.

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Dictionary of Words from the King James Bible. Public Domain. Copy freely.
Material presented was supplied by Brandon Staggs and was derived from the KJV Dictionary found on his website located at
The unabridged 1828 version of this dictionary in the SwordSearcher Bible Software.

Bibliography Information
Entry for 'Chain'. King James Dictionary.

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