from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Chains connecting the front and rear sleds of a logging-sled.
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Fifty feet below roared the river, spanned at this place by a suspension bridge a hundred and fifty feet long, constructed of three iron cables held together by cross-chains at regular intervals.
There are intervening upheavals, cross-chains or spurs between these greater parallel systems, which give the county a very broken physiographical aspect and lend much to enhance the grandeur and beauty of the scenery for which it is so justly celebrated.
Numerous cross-chains intersect the county in all directions, leaving very little valley land except along the margins of numerous small streams, with broader ones along the larger streams, Toe and Caney rivers.