any of the metal plates secured to the hull of a sailing vessel or elsewhere to hold shrouds and backstays at their lower ends.
a pump consisting of buckets, plates, or the like, rising upon a chain within a cylinder for raising liquids entering the cylinder at the bottom.
- Chain printer
noun a line printer in which the type is on a continuous chain, used to print computer output
to undergo or produce a chain reaction: Riots chain-reacted from one area to another in the city. verb (intransitive) to undergo a chain reaction
- Chain-reacting pile
reactor (def 4).