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chine2

[chahyn]
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noun
  1. the backbone or spine, especially of an animal.
  2. the whole or a piece of the backbone of an animal with adjoining parts, cut for cooking.
  3. a ridge or crest, as of land.
  4. Nautical.
    1. an angular intersection of the sides and bottom of a vessel.
    2. a longitudinal member running behind this.
verb (used with object), chined, chin·ing.
  1. (in butchering) to sever the backbone of.

Origin of chine2

1250–1300; Middle English eschine < Old French eschine < Germanic. See shin1
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British Dictionary definitions for chining

chine1

noun
  1. the backbone
  2. the backbone of an animal with adjoining meat, cut for cooking
  3. a ridge or crest of land
  4. (in some boats) a corner-like intersection where the bottom meets the side
verb
  1. (tr) to cut (meat) along or across the backbone

Word Origin

C14: from Old French eschine, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German scina needle, shinbone; see shin 1

chine2

noun
  1. another word for chime 2

chine3

noun
  1. Southern English dialect a deep fissure in the wall of a cliff

Word Origin

Old English cīnan to crack

chiné

adjective
  1. textiles having a mottled pattern

Word Origin

C19: from French chiner to make in the Chinese fashion, from Chine China
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Word Origin and History for chining

chine

adj.

"in Chinese fashion," French Chiné, past participle of chiner "to color in Chinese fashion," from Chine "China" (see China).

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