Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Without a chain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having no chain; not restrained or fettered.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having no chains; incapable of being chained or bound down.
  • In machinery, without a chain: used to describe machines or vehicles in which at one time a chain-gear or chain-drive was used, but in which it has been replaced by direct gears and shafting: as, a chainless bicycle, a chainless motor-car, etc.

Etymologies

chain +‎ -less (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Brave, brilliant and unsettlingly wild, the author of "Wuthering Heights" left much less of a personal record than her sister Charlotte, but the fragmentary evidence shows that Emily Brontë was very much what she said she hoped to be: "Through life and death, a chainless soul / With courage to endure."

    Five Best: John Matteson

  • "Only by there being a greater proportion of chainless buyers can we return to a more fluid market."

    U.K. Growth Set to Slow, Business Group Cautions

  • A photograph of the event captured the full range of the Pope hegemony: Roosevelt in a Columbia electric, riding along the fine streets of Hartford, flanked by Secret Service on Columbia chainless bicycles.

    The King's Best Highway

  • As bikes became more affordable—and, with the invention of the Columbia “chainless” in the mid-1890s, more rideable—this frontier yearning engrossed a wider population.

    The King's Best Highway

  • Once the technology improved enough to lower prices—as it had with the safety and chainless bicycles—cultural acceptance would drizzle down toward the masses.

    The King's Best Highway

  • So, assuming you manage to survive your brakeless and chainless Manhattan Bridge descents for a few years, then you, Nobr Akes, and the rest of your crew can while away your remaining years playing ironic shuffleboard--provided of course you can sell your "whip" to fund your lifestyle change.

    Severing Attachments: Easy Come, Easy Go

  • Bicycle technology is also advancing with the advent of the chainless belt-drive bike, new models of folding bikes, and snazzier e-bikes.

    Graham Hill: 2009 -- A Banner Bike Year, We Hope

  • He threaded the chainless end of the rope through the loop and tied it off in a complicated knot.

    The Monstrumologist

  • As chainless Black American Male it can be tricky dodging the role of representative and spokesperson for an entire demographic.

    While At Times It's Easy To Go Unnoticed...

  • Commuting by bicycle can be shaky business, so here's some comforting news for the brave people who do it: chainless technology is going mainstream.

    Sustainable: Travel

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