from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A kind of small chain each link of which is formed of a single piece of wire bent into two loops resembling the figure of eight.
- n. In lumbering, an endless spiked chain which moves logs from one point to another, usually from the mill-pond into the sawmill; a bull-chain.
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“O yes,” Mrs. Bungay said, thinking he spoke of a jack-chain very likely.
A bunch of large gold seals, depending from a massive jack-chain of the same metal, oscillated with becoming dignity from the lower verge of his waistcoat, over the goodly prominence of his "fair round belly."
A good woman in the country once complained of her stepson, 'He will not love his learning, though I beats him with a jack-chain;' and from the application of similar aids to instruction, the same result takes place in London.
"O yes," Mrs. Bungay said, thinking he spoke of a jack-chain very likely.
Corinthian in his bang-up toggery, alongside of a man in armour, one of the Braziers Company, armed with a pot-lid and a spit, and decorated with a jack-chain round his neck.
Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II. Or, The Rambles And Adventures Of Bob Tallyho, Esq., And His Cousin, The Hon. Tom Dashall, Through The Metropolis; Exhibiting A Living Picture Of Fashionable Characters, Manners, And Amusements In High And Low Life (1821)
The three elegant French clocks in the drawing-room being at variance, one being three-quarters of an hour before the slowest, and twenty minutes before the next, Mr. Hobanob (much to the horror of Jawleyford) having nearly fallen asleep with his Sèvres coffee-cup in his hand, at last drew up his great silver watch by its jack-chain, and finding it was a quarter past ten, prepared to decamp -- taking as affectionate a leave of the ladies as if he had been going to China.