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[shin] /ʃɪn/
the front part of the leg from the knee to the ankle.
the lower part of the foreleg in cattle.
the shinbone or tibia, especially its sharp edge or front portion.
Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to the U.S. shank, usually cut into small pieces for stewing.
verb (used with or without object), shinned, shinning.
to climb by holding fast with the hands or arms and legs and drawing oneself up.
Origin of shin1
before 1000; Middle English shine, Old English scinu; cognate with Dutch scheen, German Schien(bein) Unabridged
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  • shinning was not my customary attitude, but it was not mine 'to make reply.'

    The Affair at the Inn Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • The nutlets which follow are brown, shinning and somewhat wrinkled.

    Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • Up the wall, by means of cracks and tufts, was shinning a small boy.

    Huntingtower John Buchan
  • So Tom laid his bones to it, shinning up as fast as he could and dragging up his rod after him.

    The Ontario Readers Ontario Ministry of Education
  • He had figured on grabbing one of the guns and shinning up to the friendly crotch, there to despatch his foe at leisure.

  • Nothing for it but the tree: so Tom laid his bones to it, shinning up as fast as he could, and dragging up his rod after him.

    Tom Brown's School Days Thomas Hughes
  • Then selecting a huge tree, I climbed it by shinning up one of the big pendent vines, and had a good look round.

  • "shinning" down a tree was a simple matter, with which any youth would be familiar.

    The Awakening of the Desert Julius C. Birge
  • "Must've dropped out while I was shinning over the back fence," he surmised vaguely.

    The Day of Days Louis Joseph Vance
  • I was up stairs in a second, and down the lightning-rod in another one, and shinning through the dark for the lean-to.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
British Dictionary definitions for shinning


the front part of the lower leg
the front edge of the tibia
(mainly Brit) a cut of beef, the lower foreleg
verb shins, shinning, shinned
when intr, often foll by up. to climb (a pole, tree, etc) by gripping with the hands or arms and the legs and hauling oneself up
(transitive) to kick (a person) in the shins
Word Origin
Old English scinu; related to Old High German scina needle, Norwegian dialect skina small disc


the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ש), transliterated as sh
Word Origin
from Hebrew shīn, literally: tooth
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Word Origin and History for shinning



Old English scinu "shin, fore part of the lower leg," from Proto-Germanic *skino "thin piece" (cf. Dutch scheen, Old High German scina, German Schienbein "shin, shinbones"), from PIE root *skei- "to cut, split" (see shed (v.)). Shin splints is attested from 1930.



"to climb by using arms and legs" (originally a nautical word), 1829, from shin (n.). Related: Shinned; shinning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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shinning in Medicine

shin (shĭn)

  1. The front part of the leg located below the knee and above the ankle.

  2. The tibia.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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