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First published 1937 (DOST Vol. I).
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Chaine, Chane, n. Also: chayne. [Variant of Chene and Chenȝe, after e.m.E. chane, chaine.] A chain.(a) 1513 Doug. v. x. 25.
The wryth … or chane lowpyt in ryngis
1513 Treas. Acc. IV. 515.
xx plaitis of quhyte irne to be chanys to the clois cairtis and paulȝonis
1539 Ib. VII. 230.
Gevin to ane payntour … for ourelaying ten chanys … witht gold
1606 Acts IV. 298/1.
The jewell callit the H. with the chane thairof
(b) 15.. Clar. v. 2448.
That thay sould … put to everie chaine ane diamant
c 1567 Melville Corr. 232.
Hir Majestie dissirit to knaw quhow mony stayns theyre is of the chayne
1591 Misc. Spald. C. III. 161.
Ane great chaine of irne and ship mastis linkit together

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