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Chain vs. Shackle

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Chainnoun

A series of interconnected rings or links usually made of metal.

‘He wore a gold chain around the neck.’;

Shacklenoun

A restraint fit over a human or animal appendage, such as a wrist, ankle or finger; normally used in pairs joined by a chain.

Chainnoun

A series of interconnected things.

‘a chain of mountains’; ‘a chain of ideas, one leading to the next’; ‘This led to an unfortunate chain of events.’;

Shacklenoun

A U-shaped piece of metal secured with a pin or bolt across the opening, or a hinged metal loop secured with a quick-release locking pin mechanism.

Chainnoun

A series of stores or businesses with the same brand name.

‘That chain of restaurants is expanding into our town.’;

Shacklenoun

A restraint on one's action, activity, or progress.

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Chainnoun

(chemistry) A number of atoms in a series, which combine to form a molecule.

‘When examined, the molecular chain included oxygen and hydrogen.’;

Shacklenoun

A fetter-like band worn as an ornament.

Chainnoun

(surveying) A series of interconnected links of known length, used as a measuring device.

Shacklenoun

A link for connecting railroad cars; a drawlink or draglink.

Chainnoun

(surveying) A long measuring tape.

Shacklenoun

A length of cable or chain equal to 12.5 fathoms or 75 feet, or later to 15 fathoms.

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Chainnoun

A unit of length equal to 22 yards. The length of a Gunter's surveying chain. The length of a cricket pitch. Equal to 20.12 metres, 4 rods, or 100 links.

Shacklenoun

Stubble.

Chainnoun

A totally ordered set, especially a totally ordered subset of a poset.

Shackleverb

(transitive) To restrain using shackles; to place in shackles.

Chainnoun

(British) A sequence of linked house purchases, each of which is dependent on the preceding and succeeding purchase (said to be "broken" if a buyer or seller pulls out).

Shackleverb

To render immobile or incapable; to inhibit the progress or abilities of.

‘This law would effectively shackle its opposition.’;

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Chainnoun

That which confines, fetters, or secures; a bond.

‘the chains of habit’;

Shackleverb

(dialectal) To shake, rattle.

Chainnoun

Iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to bold the dead-eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the channels.

Shacklenoun

Stubble.

Chainnoun

(weaving) The warp threads of a web.

Shacklenoun

Something which confines the legs or arms so as to prevent their free motion; specifically, a ring or band inclosing the ankle or wrist, and fastened to a similar shackle on the other leg or arm, or to something else, by a chain or a strap; a gyve; a fetter.

‘His shackles empty left; himself escaped clean.’;

Chainverb

(transitive) To fasten something with a chain.

Shacklenoun

Hence, that which checks or prevents free action.

‘His very will seems to be in bonds and shackles.’;

Chainverb

(intransitive) To link multiple items together.

Shacklenoun

A fetterlike band worn as an ornament.

‘Most of the men and women . . . had all earrings made of gold, and gold shackles about their legs and arms.’;

Chainverb

(transitive) To secure someone with fetters.

Shacklenoun

A link or loop, as in a chain, fitted with a movable bolt, so that the parts can be separated, or the loop removed; a clevis.

Chainverb

(transitive) To obstruct the mouth of a river etc with a chain.

Shacklenoun

A link for connecting railroad cars; - called also drawlink, draglink, etc.

Chainverb

(figurative) To obligate.

Shacklenoun

The hinged and curved bar of a padlock, by which it is hung to the staple.

Chainverb

(computing) To relate data items with a chain of pointers.

Shackleverb

To tie or confine the limbs of, so as to prevent free motion; to bind with shackles; to fetter; to chain.

‘To lead him shackled, and exposed to scornOf gathering crowds, the Britons' boasted chief.’;

Chainverb

(computing) To be chained to another data item.

Shackleverb

Figuratively: To bind or confine so as to prevent or embarrass action; to impede; to cumber.

‘Shackled by her devotion to the king, she seldom could pursue that object.’;

Chainverb

(transitive) To measure a distance using a 66-foot long chain, as in land surveying.

Shackleverb

To join by a link or chain, as railroad cars.

Chainverb

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Shacklenoun

a restraint that confines or restricts freedom (especially something used to tie down or restrain a prisoner)

Chainnoun

A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion and transmission of mechanical power, etc.

‘[They] put a chain of gold about his neck.’;

Shacklenoun

a U-shaped bar; the open end can be passed through chain links and closed with a bar

Chainnoun

That which confines, fetters, or secures, as a chain; a bond; as, the chains of habit.

‘Driven downTo chains of darkness and the undying worm.’;

Shackleverb

bind the arms of

Chainnoun

A series of things linked together; or a series of things connected and following each other in succession; as, a chain of mountains; a chain of events or ideas.

Shackleverb

restrain with fetters

Chainnoun

An instrument which consists of links and is used in measuring land.

Shackle

A shackle, also known as a gyve, is a U-shaped piece of metal secured with a clevis pin or bolt across the opening, or a hinged metal loop secured with a quick-release locking pin mechanism. The term also applies to handcuffs and other similarly conceived restraint devices that function in a similar manner.

Chainnoun

Iron links bolted to the side of a vessel to bold the dead-eyes connected with the shrouds; also, the channels.

Chainnoun

The warp threads of a web.

Chainverb

To fasten, bind, or connect with a chain; to fasten or bind securely, as with a chain; as, to chain a bulldog.

‘Chained behind the hostile car.’;

Chainverb

To keep in slavery; to enslave.

‘And which more blest? who chained his country, sayOr he whose virtue sighed to lose a day?’;

Chainverb

To unite closely and strongly.

‘And in this vow do chain my soul to thine.’;

Chainverb

To measure with the chain.

Chainverb

To protect by drawing a chain across, as a harbor.

Chainnoun

a series of things depending on each other as if linked together;

‘the chain of command’; ‘a complicated concatenation of circumstances’;

Chainnoun

(chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)

Chainnoun

a series of (usually metal) rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament

Chainnoun

a number of similar establishments (stores or restaurants or banks or hotels or theaters) under one ownership

Chainnoun

anything that acts as a restraint

Chainnoun

a unit of length

Chainnoun

British biochemist (born in Germany) who isolated and purified penicillin, which had been discovered in 1928 by Sir Alexander Fleming (1906-1979)

Chainnoun

a series of hills or mountains;

‘the valley was between two ranges of hills’; ‘the plains lay just beyond the mountain range’;

Chainnoun

metal shackles; for hands or legs

Chainnoun

a necklace made by a stringing objects together;

‘a string of beads’; ‘a strand of pearls’;

Chainverb

connect or arrange into a chain by linking

Chainverb

fasten or secure with chains;

‘Chain the chairs together’;

Chainnoun

a series of linked metal rings used for fastening or securing something, or for pulling loads

‘the drug dealer is being kept in chains’; ‘he slid the bolts on the front door and put the safety chain across’;

Chainnoun

a 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’;

Chainnoun

a restrictive force or factor

‘workers secured by the chains of the labour market’;

Chainnoun

a sequence of items of the same type forming a line

‘he kept the chain of buckets supplied with water’;

Chainnoun

a series of connected elements

‘the action would initiate a chain of events’;

Chainnoun

a connected series of mountains

‘a mountain chain’;

Chainnoun

a group of hotels, restaurants, or shops owned by the same company

‘a chain restaurant’; ‘the agency is part of a nationwide chain’;

Chainnoun

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’;

Chainnoun

a part of a molecule consisting of a number of atoms bonded together in a linear sequence.

Chainnoun

a figure in a quadrille or similar dance, in which dancers meet and pass each other in a continuous sequence.

Chainnoun

a jointed measuring line consisting of linked metal rods.

Chainnoun

a measure of length equivalent to a chain (66 ft).

Chainnoun

a structure of planks projecting horizontally from a sailing ship's sides abreast of the masts, used to widen the basis for the shrouds.

Chainverb

fasten or secure with a chain

‘she chained her bicycle to the railings’;

Chainverb

confine with a chain

‘he had been chained up’; ‘as an actuary you will not be chained to a desk’;

Chain

A chain is a serial assembly of connected pieces, called links, typically made of metal, with an overall character similar to that of a rope in that it is flexible and curved in compression but linear, rigid, and load-bearing in tension. A chain may consist of two or more links.

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