Definition of daisy chain in US English:

daisy chain

noun

  • 1A string of daisies threaded together by their stems.

    • ‘Children get great entertainment out of making a daisy chain, and afterwards wearing it as a necklace.’
    • ‘I was going to work on my daisy chain but someone's wrecked it.’
    • ‘She stopped playing with her daisy chain and pulled Mat to his feet.’
    • ‘A couple of children played by the roadside, weaving daisy chains and draping them over one another.’
    • ‘Mary talked about making daisy chains and sliding down sand dunes in plastic bags.’
    • ‘Each child is represented by a dove, and all are linked by the innocent childhood symbol of the daisy chain.’
    • ‘I need someone to walk to the park with me and play on the swings or lie in the grass making daisy chains.’
    • ‘On Empire Day, all the children wore red, white and blue ribbons in their hair and daisy chains around their necks and gathered in the playground to sing songs to an audience of parents.’
    • ‘I didn't have anymore money to spend, so I went out to the garden and made a daisy chain for my hair.’
    • ‘It looked like the sort of weather that would make you want to frolic in fields and make daisy chains.’
    • ‘Alonzo threw a daisy chain into Molly's lap.’
    • ‘After making daisy chains in the park, we return to the hotel.’
    • ‘In your ideal fantasy world there will be people dancing around in circles, holding hands with daisy chains in their hair.’
    • ‘After ten minutes they were just sitting in the garden, next to the bike, and making daisy chains in silence.’
    • ‘‘Here, Daddy,’ Sophia declared, draping a daisy chain on his nose.’
    • ‘Then he'd made a daisy chain for me, put it around my head and kissed me under the hot sun.’
    • ‘I remembered the way that she would make daisy chains for the two of us, and we would pretend that she was the Flower Queen, and I, her Flower Princess.’
    • ‘Maybe he could benefit from being one of the ‘people dancing around in circles, holding hands with daisy chains in their hair’.’
    • ‘Ryder tied the two ends of her daisy chain together to make a loop and sat it up on her head like a crown.’
    • ‘We watch the absorbed way in which the children observe their mother make a daisy chain.’
    1. 1.1 A string of associated people or things.
      ‘we can all make daisy chains of blame’
      • ‘Not long ago, this long daisy chain of interlocking business was held up as a model of efficiency, but others see a much darker side to it all.’
      • ‘Features high-performance architecture adapts to broad range of configurations, from a simple daisy chain of blade servers to a complex full-mesh topology or any of the variations in between’
      • ‘There are clearly vulnerable players, and if one institution winds up in serious trouble, the daisy chain of risk intermediaries and speculators becomes acutely frail.’
      • ‘The daisy chain of brief biographies that follow are all variations on this theme, set out as interconnected parables from which feminist instruction may be deduced.’
      • ‘Could ‘Facts’ really be linking the world in a glittery daisy chain of celebrity and international goodwill?’
      • ‘This becomes the weak link in the daisy chain of credit.’
      • ‘There are no obvious villains in this story, just the daisy chain of circumstance.’
      • ‘These explosives are employed as single devices and constructed into complex daisy chains.’
      • ‘Second, subleasing can lead to a daisy chain of complications involving maintenance agreements, rental payments, tax considerations, and insurance coverage.’
      • ‘Refining involves a seemingly endless daisy chain of processing one chemical into another.’
      • ‘And so the daisy chain of love and longing builds.’
      • ‘Once derivative players run into trouble, problems in one market can quickly spread along the daisy chain to various other instruments, markets and countries.’
      • ‘Apart from anything else, maintenance is far easier; it's hard to locate problems if you've got a daisy chain of hubs scattered around the office floor.’
      • ‘Private household debt is the weak link in the US daisy chain of credit today.’
      • ‘She presents a series of found images of two individuals, often celebrities, one of whom carries over into the next image, creating a kind of daisy chain.’
      • ‘At the bottom of the Pacific Ocean is a daisy chain of volcanoes, faults and crustal fractures.’
      • ‘David Mitchell's ambitious and weighty first novel follows a daisy chain of characters through every time zone and across the gamut of individual experience.’
      • ‘Power users won't mind using a simple daisy chain of proxies to access Web sites.’
      • ‘Importantly, it is our view that consumer finance has supplanted corporate finance as the weakest link in the financial daisy chain.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, at every point along the daisy chain there is the assumption of liquidity, hence the current priority of maintaining the regime of ‘managed liquidity.’’
    2. 1.2informal A sexual activity in which participants serve as partners to different people simultaneously.

verb

[with object]Computing
  • Connect (several devices) together in a linear series.

    • ‘You can simply daisy chain your devices, which can effectively support a maximum or 63 devices in total.’
    • ‘What this means is there is no need for crossover cables that are normally required when daisy-chaining networking devices.’
    • ‘Wouldn't it be cool if you could daisy-chain speaker connections?’
    • ‘Also remember that the USB connection can be daisy-chained and can support up to 127 USB peripherals.’
    • ‘So for the moment my computer is hooked up to the router with ethernet, and Abi's laptop is daisy-chained to mine with the wireless cards.’

Pronunciation

daisy chain

/ˈdeɪzi ˈˌtʃeɪn//ˈdāzē ˈˌCHān/