- 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 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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