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chine1

[chahyn]
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noun British Dialect.
  1. a ravine formed in rock by the action of running water.
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Origin of chine1

before 900; Middle English; Old English cinu crevice, fissure; cognate with Middle Dutch kene; compare Old English cīnan to gape, crack open

chine2

[chahyn]
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.
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verb (used with object), chined, chin·ing.
  1. (in butchering) to sever the backbone of.
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Origin of chine2

1250–1300; Middle English eschine < Old French eschine < Germanic. See shin1

chine3

[chahyn]
noun
  1. chime2.
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chiné

[shee-ney]
adjective
  1. noting or pertaining to a fabric having a variegated pattern produced by warp threads that have been dyed, printed, or painted before weaving.
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Origin of chiné

1850–55; < French, past participle of chiner, verbal derivative of Chine China
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Related Words

rim, hill, vertebrae, bone, ridge, shave, slice, rip, slash, carve, curtail, divide, corrugation, elevation, parapet, ruck, spine, backbone, pole, crease

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British Dictionary definitions for chine

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
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verb
  1. (tr) to cut (meat) along or across the backbone
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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
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chine3

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

Old English cīnan to crack

chiné

adjective
  1. textiles having a mottled pattern
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Word Origin

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