• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Chainwork Work looped or linked after the manner of a chain; chain stitch work.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chainwork A style of textile fabric consisting of a succession of loops, used in hosiery and tambour-work. See chain-stitch.
    • n chainwork In decorative art:
    • n chainwork An ornament of chains meeting one another and interlinking, so as to form a sort of net.
    • n chainwork Any carved or embossed work resembling intersecting links or overlapping chains.
    • n chainwork Metal-work consisting of interlacing or intertwined rings or loops, as in chain-mail.
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In literature:

I remember a group of men carrying one of the links of the chainwork, which was excellent in character.
"The life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer" by Isambard Brunel