a series of objects connected one after the other, usually in the form of a series of metal rings passing through one another, used either for various purposes requiring a flexible tie with high tensile strength, as for hauling, supporting, or confining, or in various ornamental and decorative forms.
Often, chains. something that binds or restrains; bond: the chain of timidity; the chains of loyalty.
chains. shackles or fetters: to place a prisoner in chains. bondage; servitude: to live one's life in chains. Nautical. (in a sailing vessel) the area outboard at the foot of the shrouds of a mast: the customary position of the leadsman in taking soundings. tire chain.
a series of things connected or following in succession: a chain of events.