- 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.
- an angular intersection of the sides and bottom of a vessel.
- a longitudinal member running behind this.
- (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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- 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
- (tr) to cut (meat) along or across the backbone
C14: from Old French eschine, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German scina needle, shinbone; see shin 1
- another word for chime 2
- Southern English dialect a deep fissure in the wall of a cliff
Old English cīnan to crack
- textiles having a mottled pattern
C19: from French chiner to make in the Chinese fashion, from Chine China
Word Origin and History for chining
"in Chinese fashion," French Chiné, past participle of chiner "to color in Chinese fashion," from Chine "China" (see China).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper