Gunter's chain love


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See chain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sixty-six-foot-long (i.e. four-rod-long) surveyor's chain divided into one hundred links.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The chain ordinarily used in measuring land. See chain, n., 4, and gunter's scale.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See the nouns.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a unit of length (22 yards)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

After Edmund Gunter.


    Sorry, no example sentences found.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • As a consolation, perhaps you would like a link to a recent portrait of the Santa Fox: Santa Fox 2010 official portrait

    October 13, 2012

  • It's all right.

    I understand.


    October 11, 2012

  • Sadly, this year SantaFox is working under a major constraint; because of the Scheveningen agreement, he is being forced to work with French elves, who refuse to work more than 35 hours a week, and who strike* at the slightest provocation (e.g. the recent, perfectly innocuous change in the hot cocoa and marshmallow supplier). Given these limitations, December 2013 seems like a more realistic goal.

    *: SantaFox also hears dark rumors of a planned work stoppage to coincide with the end of the Mayan calendar.

    October 11, 2012

  • Any chance Santa Fox could convince the elves to make one for me in time for Christmas? I've been *very* good this year.

    October 11, 2012

  • Nobody is tweeting about Gunter's chain -- how can this be?

    Here's a fun craft project for the children, if they start now, they should be able to complete that chain in time for father's day. Just remember, when it gets to the muriatic acid part, some adult supervision might be advisable:

    Make your own Gunter's chain in fewer than 1,000 easy steps

    October 11, 2012

  • "Gunter's chain is a measuring device used for land survey. It was designed and introduced in 1620 by English clergyman and mathematician Edmund Gunter (1581–1626) long before the development of the theodolite and other more sophisticated equipment, enabling plots of land to be accurately surveyed and plotted, for legal and commercial purposes."

    -- Wikipedia (

    October 11, 2012