Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Work looped or linked after the manner of a chain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Work looped or linked after the manner of a chain; chain stitch work.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A style of textile fabric consisting of a succession of loops, used in hosiery and tambour-work. See chain-stitch.
  • n. In decorative art:
  • n. An ornament of chains meeting one another and interlinking, so as to form a sort of net.
  • n. Any carved or embossed work resembling intersecting links or overlapping chains.
  • n. Metal-work consisting of interlacing or intertwined rings or loops, as in chain-mail.

Etymologies

chain +‎ work (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And he made two chapiters of molten brass, to set upon the tops of the pillars: the height of the one chapiter was five cubits, and the height of the other chapiter was five cubits: and nets of checkerwork, and wreaths of chainwork, for the chapiters which were upon the top of the pillars; seven for the one chapiter, and seven for the other chapiter.

    1 Kings 7.

  • A classification of the sciences which is free from the subject-object dualism and from an enslaving chainwork of values, and which takes into account the profound, intimate, and reciprocal rela - tionships among all disciplines, would be the only classification fit to instruct us about the present state of our scientific knowledge.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The house is filled with hum of voices eddying through the spacious chambers; lit lamps hang down by golden chainwork, and flaming tapers expel the night.

    The Aeneid of Virgil

  • The great iron chainwork upholding the four large pillars of the transept running the length of the triforium in four directions still exists, and is justly famous.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 14: Simony-Tournon

  • Besides a turban of finest muslin with a diamond aigrette and feathers, a coat of cloth of gold worked with silver flowers, Saïd found a shirt of silver chainwork which was so fine and close and strong that no blow of lance or sword could penetrate it.

    Hauff's Fairy Tales, Translated and Adapted

  • As he drew near it, on the moonlit flags of the old street he saw an object shining: his feet touched it, he picked it up; it was a little bag of golden chainwork with a gold snap; he opened it; he saw it was full of coins — such coins as he had never seen in his life, except in little bowls in money-changers 'windows.

    The Little Thief

  • Upon this noblest youth -- so far in advance of his rude and turbulent time -- throw a horror that no philosophy, birth, nor training can resist -- one of those weights beneath which all humanity bows shuddering; cast over him a stifling dream, where only the soul can act, and the limbs refuse their offices; have him pushed along by Fate to the lowering, ruinous catastrophe; and you see the dramatic chainwork of a part which he who would enact Hamlet must fulfil.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 103, May, 1866

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