Chain

For other uses, see Chain (disambiguation).
"đź”—" redirects here. For other uses, see Link (disambiguation).
A broad metal chain made of torus-shaped links.
A metal chain with diamond-shaped link pins.
Roller chains.

A chain is a series of connected links which are typically made of metal. A chain may consist of two or more links.

Two distinct chains can be connected using a quick link which resembles a carabiner with a screw close rather than a latch.

Uses for chain

Part of The Hudson River Chain at West Point

Uses for chain include:

Decoration

Power transfer

Security and restraint

Traction and pulling

Weapons

Other uses

Invention

The metal link chain has been in use since at least 225 BC.[1]

Symbolism

The prevalent modern symbolism is oppression, due to the use for a mechanical restriction of the liberty of a human or animal.

Chains can also symbolize interconnectivity or interdependence. Unicode, in versions 6.x, contains the U+1F517 đź”— LINK SYMBOL, which may show chain link(s). It may denote a hyperlink.

See also

References

  1. ↑ As early as 225 BC, chain was used to draw a bucket of water up from a well. This very early bucket chain was composed of connected metal rings.Tsubakimoto Chain Co., ed. (1997). The Complete Guide to Chain. Kogyo Chosaki Publishing Co., Ltd. p. 240. ISBN 0-9658932-0-0. p. 211. Retrieved 17 May 2006.
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