chain of being

: a hierarchical order of all entities; especially : an uninterrupted hierarchy of all beings arranged according to an order of perfection

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  • chain of being — The Great Chain of Being is the title of a book by the American philosopher and historian of ideas A. O. Lovejoy (1873–1962), in which he explored the Neoplatonic and medieval notion of a hierarchy of actual existent things, ordered from the… …   Philosophy dictionary

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  • Chain — (ch[=a]n), n. [F. cha[^i]ne, fr. L. catena. Cf. {Catenate}.] 1. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chain belt — Chain Chain (ch[=a]n), n. [F. cha[^i]ne, fr. L. catena. Cf. {Catenate}.] 1. A series of links or rings, usually of metal, connected, or fitted into one another, used for various purposes, as of support, of restraint, of ornament, of the exertion… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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