- a pattern consisting of adjoining vertical rows of slanting lines, any two contiguous lines forming either a V or an inverted V, used in masonry, textiles, embroidery, etc.
- Also called chevron, chevron weave, herringbone weave.a type of twill weave having this pattern.
- a fabric constructed with this weave.
- a garment made from such a fabric, especially a suit.
- Skiing. a method of going up a slope in which a skier sets the skis in a form resembling a V, and, placing weight on the inside edges, advances the skis by turns using the poles from behind for push and support.
- having or resembling herringbone: herringbone tweed.
Origin of herringbone
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A turtleneck gray sweater—it was herringbone tweed—and a cap.Pryor Dodge's Two-Wheeled Obsession Is Now a Museum of Bike History
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This herringbone or catch stitch can be used in many places.Clothing and Health
"But I didn't take over," Bridey the Herringbone said complacently.
"You purposely got Harkaway to take you aboard the Herringbone," Iversen interrupted wrathfully.
Herringbone stitch over the raw edge of both sides of the seam.Handicraft for Girls
Squares, plaids, herringbone and lozenge patterns were done by this process in such a manner as to be very handsome.In and Around Berlin
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- a pattern used in textiles, brickwork, etc, consisting of two or more rows of short parallel strokes slanting in alternate directions to form a series of parallel Vs or zigzags
- (as modifier)a herringbone jacket; a herringbone pattern of very long, narrow bricks
- skiing a method of ascending a slope by walking with the skis pointing outwards and one's weight on the inside edges
- to decorate (textiles, brickwork, etc) with herringbone
- (intr) skiing to ascend a slope in herringbone fashion
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Word Origin and History for herringbone
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