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Cheyn(e, Chyne, n. Also: chein; chine, schyne. [ME. cheyn, chyne: cf. Chene and Chenȝe.] A chain. Also attrib. with tether.(a) 1375 Barb. xvii. 623.
With ane stark cheyne [to] hald thame thar
1456 Hay I. 44/25.
The quhilk fand all thir maneris of irnis, cheynes, fettris, and boys, to prisoun men withall
c1500-c1512 Dunb. xlii. 26.
Thai … fetterit me but lok or cheyne
1513 Doug. iv. Prol. 36.
Thou cheyn of luf, … Quhou hard strenys thi bandis euery wight
1535 Stewart 799.
The langar ay that he laborit thairin, He fand thair wit the langar ay in cheyne
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xvi. 77.
God … hes maid thé instrument and mein With maryage to cowpill in ane chein Thir tua realmes
Ib. xxxiv. 43.
Thair huddis, thair cheynes, thair garnysyngis
1589 Waus Corr. II. 438.
Ane goldin chein of fyne puir gold
1590 Ib. 462.
I haife ressauit ane of the vessis [sic] that hais your cheyn
1649 St. A. Presb. 148.
Ionet Miller … declaris, that she came and looked in at Elspet Seithes door, [and] did sie hir drawing a cheyne tether
(b) 1649 Edinb. Test. LXIV. 253.
Ane gold schyne weyand ane vnce fyftene drape
1664 Maxwell Mem. 342.
The iron chyne of the hors milne

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