Chain (disambiguation)

A chain is a series of connected links which are typically made of metal.

Chain may also refer to:

Accessories and apparel

  • Mail (armour) (or "chainmail" or "chain mail"), a type of armor made of interlocking chain links
  • Necklace, or neck chain, or chain, a type of jewelry which is worn around the neck


People with the name

Arts, entertainment, and media

Films and television



  • Chain (band), an Australian blues rock band active from the 1960s to the present



Business and economics


Mechanics, engineering, and implements

  • Bar-link chain (block chain), a mechanical drive chain
  • Bicycle chain, a roller chain that transfers power from the pedals to the drive-wheel of a bicycle
  • Buffers and chain coupler, a railway device
  • Catenary (or "chain"), the shape of a hanging flexible cable when supported at its ends and acted upon by a uniform gravitational force
  • Chain Home and Chain Home Low, early British RDF (radar) systems of the WWII era
  • Chain tool, small mechanical device used to "break" a bicycle chain in such a way that it could be mended with the same tool
  • Conveyor chain, a chain that conveys items in chain conveyor systems
  • Drive chain, a way of transmitting mechanical power from one place to another
  • Roller chain, most commonly used for transmission of mechanical power
  • Self-lubricating chain, eliminate the need for further lubrication
  • Snow chains or tire chains, devices fitted to the tires of vehicles to provide maximum traction
  • Timing chain, part of an internal combustion engine



  • Chain reaction, sequence of reactions where a reactive product or by-product causes additional reactions
  • Ideal chain, mathematical model of polymer folding
  • Polymer chain, structure of a polymer
  • Worm-like chain (or semiflexible chain), which has Kuhn length equal to twice the persistence length

Other uses in science

  • Electron transport chain, a sequence of chemical reactions yielding the transport of an electron through a membrane
  • Food chain, a hierarchical or recursive list of predators and prey


Geological features

Other sequences

Units of measurement

Other uses

  • Chain (caste), a cultivating and fishing caste found in eastern Uttar Pradesh, India
  • Chains (nautical), small platforms on the sides of ships
  • Fetter (Buddhism) (mental chain), a deeply rooted mental attachment preventing one from achieving liberation from suffering

See also

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