American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A group of convicts chained together, especially for outdoor labor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A gang or number of convicts chained together, as during outdoor labor or while in transit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a gang of convicts chained together.
- n. a gang of convicts chained together
“In 1810 he was sent to Van Diemen’s Land, put in a chain gang and set to hew a road through the iron-hard sandstone country behind Hobart.”
“In a chain gang they had been driven from beyond the Mississippi to the plantation of Archy B. Williams.”
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