chine

1
[ chahyn ]
/ tʃaɪn /

noun British Dialect.

a ravine formed in rock by the action of running water.

Origin of chine

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English cinu crevice, fissure; cognate with Middle Dutch kene; compare Old English cīnan to gape, crack open

Definition for chine (2 of 4)

chine

2
[ chahyn ]
/ tʃaɪn /

noun

the backbone or spine, especially of an animal.
the whole or a piece of the backbone of an animal with adjoining parts, cut for cooking.
a ridge or crest, as of land.
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.

(in butchering) to sever the backbone of.

Origin of chine

2
1250–1300; Middle English eschine < Old French eschine < Germanic. See shin1

Definition for chine (3 of 4)

chine

3
[ chahyn ]
/ tʃaɪn /

noun

Definition for chine (4 of 4)

chiné

[ shee-ney ]
/ ʃiˈneɪ /

adjective

noting or pertaining to a fabric having a variegated pattern produced by warp threads that have been dyed, printed, or painted before weaving.

Origin of chiné

1850–55; < French, past participle of chiner, verbal derivative of Chine China
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British Dictionary definitions for chine (1 of 4)

chine

1
/ (tʃaɪn) /

noun

the backbone
the backbone of an animal with adjoining meat, cut for cooking
a ridge or crest of land
(in some boats) a corner-like intersection where the bottom meets the side

verb

(tr) to cut (meat) along or across the backbone

Word Origin for chine

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

British Dictionary definitions for chine (2 of 4)

chine

2
/ (tʃaɪn) /

noun

another word for chime 2

British Dictionary definitions for chine (3 of 4)

chine

3
/ (tʃaɪn) /

noun

Southern English dialect a deep fissure in the wall of a cliff

Word Origin for chine

Old English cīnan to crack

British Dictionary definitions for chine (4 of 4)

chiné

/ (ˈʃiːneɪ) /

adjective

textiles having a mottled pattern

Word Origin for chiné

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

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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