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[cheyn-muh n] /ˈtʃeɪn mən/
noun, plural chainmen. Surveying
a person who holds and positions a chain in taking measurements.
Origin of chainman
1705-15, Americanism; chain + -man Unabridged
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  • The head chainman put the first arrow in the ground to mark the spot where the measuring was to begin.
  • He took the first job he could find as a draftsman for a mining company but soon got a job as a chainman for a surveying crew.
  • Performs survey crew functions such as rod and chainman, staking, and field calculations.
British Dictionary definitions for chainman


noun (pl) -men
(surveying) a person who does the chaining in a survey
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