from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The backbone or spine, especially of an animal.
- n. A cut of meat containing part of the backbone.
- n. A ridge or crest.
- n. Nautical The line of intersection between the side and bottom of a flatbottom or V-bottom boat.
- transitive v. To cut (a carcass, for example) through the spine, as when butchering.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The top of a ridge.
- n. The spine of an animal.
- n. a sharp angle in the cross section of a hull
- v. To cut through the backbone of; to cut into chine pieces.
- v. To chamfer the ends of a stave and form the chine.
- n. a steep-sided ravine leading from the top of a cliff down to the sea
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A chink or cleft; a narrow and deep ravine.
- n. The backbone or spine of an animal; the back.
- n. A piece of the backbone of an animal, with the adjoining parts, cut for cooking. [See Illust. of Beef.]
- n. The edge or rim of a cask, etc., formed by the projecting ends of the staves; the chamfered end of a stave.
- transitive v. To cut through the backbone of; to cut into chine pieces.
- transitive v. Too chamfer the ends of a stave and form the chine..
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To split open; crack; chink; chap.
- To split; crack; burst; lay open.
- n. A crack; chink; rift; cleft; crevice; fissure.
- n. A ravine or large fissure in a cliff: a term especially common in the Isle of Wight and Hampshire, England: as, Black-gang chine.
- n. The backbone or spine: now commonly used only of an animal.
- n. A piece of the backbone of an animal, with the adjoining parts, cut for cooking.
- n. Figuratively, a ridge of land.
- To cut through the backbone or into chine-pieces.
- n. An erroneous form for chime (of a cask).
- n. A part of a ship. See chime, 2.
- Literally, colored in Chinese fashion: applied to fabrics in which the warp is dyed in different colors, so that a mottled effect is produced, or in which a double thread, formed of two smaller threads of different colors twisted together, is used to produce a similar mottled or speckled appearance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. backbone of an animal
- n. cut of meat or fish including at least part of the backbone
- v. cut through the backbone of an animal
Middle English, from Old French eschine, of Germanic origin; see skei- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English chyne, from Middle French eschine. (Wiktionary)
Middle English chin ("crack, fissure, chasm"), from Old English cine, cinu (Wiktionary)