from The Century Dictionary.

  • Backboned: used in composition: as, “steel-chined rascals,”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or having, a chine, or backbone; -- used in composition.
  • adjective obsolete Broken in the back.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Pertaining to, or having, a chine, or backbone; used in composition.
  • adjective obsolete Broken in the back.


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  • If you turn the first one upside down you get a pointy chined laughing man with a weird haircut, so the cake is scary from both sides of the table.

    Be Good...Or Else 2009

  • Not just Labour ones,I am more worried about weak chined men than good feminists.

    Miliband musings 2008

  • They were of all kinds, — gray, black, white, scarabaeus-colored: some were shot with gold, some spangled, some chined; some were double-breasted and crossed like a shawl, others were straight in the collar; some had turned-over collars, some buttoned up to the top with gilt buttons.

    Eug�nie Grandet 2007

  • They spoke of a salmon or a gurnard as chined, a sole as loined, a haddock as sided, an eel as trousoned, a pike as splatted, and a trout as gobbeted.

    Old Cookery Books and Ancient Cuisine 2006

  • Here be trouts culponed for ye and salmons chined and sturgeons tranched, sanced capons, lobsters barbed.

    Finnegans Wake 2006

  • We were yesterday three kiple chined, by the grease of God, in the holy bands of mattermoney, and

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker 2004

  • While yet we dread for the coming event, and the fight which would jar on the morning, behold the grandmother of sows, gruffly grunting right and left with muzzle which no ring may tame (not being matrimonial), hulks across between the two, moving all each side at once, and then all of the other side as if she were chined down the middle, and afraid of spilling the salt from her.

    Lorna Doone Richard Doddridge 2004

  • The sullen hills were flanked with light, and the valleys chined with shadow, and all the sombrous moors between awoke in furrowed anger.

    Lorna Doone Richard Doddridge 2004

  • Take a pig being scalded, boned, and chined down the back, then soak the collars clean from the blood the space of two hours, dry them in

    The accomplisht cook or, The art & mystery of cookery Robert May

  • The square-chined, short-legged Dung-beetle excels in the art of manufacturing gourds.

    The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles Jean-Henri Fabre 1869


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