herringbone

[her-ing-bohn]

noun

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.
Textiles.
  1. Also called chevron, chevron weave, herringbone weave.a type of twill weave having this pattern.
  2. a fabric constructed with this weave.
  3. 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.

adjective

having or resembling herringbone: herringbone tweed.

Origin of herringbone

First recorded in 1645–55; herring + bone
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British Dictionary definitions for herring bone weave

herringbone

noun

  1. 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
  2. (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

verb

to decorate (textiles, brickwork, etc) with herringbone
(intr) skiing to ascend a slope in herringbone fashion
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Word Origin and History for herring bone weave

herringbone

also herring-bone, 1650s in literal sense and also as a type of stitch, from herring + bone. From 1905 as a type of cirrocumulus cloud.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper