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Overview page. Subjects: Ecology and Conservation — History.

An imperial measure, equal to 22 yards (20.11m), that was a unit of length formerly used by foresters and land surveyors (10 sq. chains = 1 acre).

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Donald Fenna.

in A Dictionary of Weights, Measures, and Units

January 2002; p ublished online January 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Numerical and Computational Mathematics. 257 words.

length. The length of a standard physical chain.

BI, US-C (surveyors' chain, Gunter's chain) 66

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Chain

Alison Latham.

in The Oxford Companion to Music

P ublished online January 2011 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Music. 63 words.

Three instrumental works by Lutosławski: Chain I (1983) is for 14 instruments, Chain II (1985)

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Chain

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

Three instrumental works by Lutosławski: Chain I (1983) is for 14 instruments, Chain II (1985) is a ‘dialogue for violin and orchestra’, and Chain III (1986) is for orchestra. For ...

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Edited by John Ayto.

in Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms

January 2009; p ublished online January 2010 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 26 words.

a ball and chain: see ball.

pull (or yank) someone's chain tease someone, especially by leading them to

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Tony Deverson.

in The Oxford Dictionary of New Zealandisms

January 2010; p ublished online January 2014 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Language Reference. 97 words.

noun (also killing chain) (also Australian) a production line in a freezing works (see also beef chain

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chain

Overview page. Subjects: Chemistry.

A line of atoms of the same type in a molecule. In a straight chain the atoms are attached only to single atoms, not to groups. Propane, for instance, is a straight-chain alkane, CH3CH2CH3,...

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chain

Edited by T. F. Hoad.

in The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology

January 1996; p ublished online January 2003 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: History of English. 16 words.

sb. XIII. — OF. chaine (mod. chaîne) :- L. catēna.

Hence, or — (O)F., chain vb. XIV.

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chain

Overview page. Subjects: Warfare and Defence.

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

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chain

James Stevens Curl.

in A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

January 2006; p ublished online January 2006 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Architecture. 114 words.

1 Romanesque moulding carved to resemble a chain.

2 Piece of timber or metal built into a brick wall to

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Edited by John Daintith.

in A Dictionary of Chemistry

January 2008; p ublished online January 2008 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Chemistry. 96 words.

A line of atoms of the same type in a molecule. In a straight chain the atoms are attached only

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