[ shin ]
/ ʃɪn /
the front part of the leg from the knee to the ankle.
the lower part of the foreleg in cattle.
the shinbone or tibia, especially its sharp edge or front portion.
Chiefly British. a cut of beef similar to the U.S. shank, usually cut into small pieces for stewing.
verb (used with or without object), shinned, shin·ning.
to climb by holding fast with the hands or arms and legs and drawing oneself up.
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Origin of shin1
before 1000; Middle English shine,Old English scinu; cognate with Dutch scheen,German Schien(bein)
Other definitions for shin (2 of 4)
[ sheen, shin ]
/ ʃin, ʃɪn /
the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet.
the consonant sound represented by this letter.
Origin of shin2
1895–1900; <Hebrew shīn, akin to shēn tooth
Other definitions for shin (3 of 4)
[ shin, sheen ]
/ ʃɪn, ʃin /
a Japanese offshoot of the Pure Land Sect, requiring only faith in Amida for salvation through his accumulated merit.
Origin of Shin
1895–1900; <Japanese: literally, faith <Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese zhēn truth
Other definitions for shin (4 of 4)
[ sheen ]
/ ʃin /
the 13th letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of shīn
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How to use shin in a sentence
Shin eventually escaped North Korean captivity while in Vienna.
One of the most famous directors of this era was Shin Sang-ok (신상옥).
Afraid the Korean secret police would not believe his kidnapping story, Shin settled in Hollywood.
An x-ray two hours later confirms my hunch: my tibia (the big bone behind the shin) is snapped clean in two.
British Dictionary definitions for shin (1 of 2)
the front part of the lower leg
the front edge of the tibia
mainly British a cut of beef, the lower foreleg
verb shins, shinning or shinned
(when intr, often foll by up) to climb (a pole, tree, etc) by gripping with the hands or arms and the legs and hauling oneself up
(tr) to kick (a person) in the shins
Word Origin for shin
Old English scinu; related to Old High German scina needle, Norwegian dialect skina small disc
British Dictionary definitions for shin (2 of 2)
the 21st letter in the Hebrew alphabet (ש), transliterated as sh
Word Origin for shin
from Hebrew shīn, literally: tooth
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Medical definitions for shin
The front part of the leg located below the knee and above the ankle.
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