Meaning of chine


Pronunciation: (chīn), [key]
— n. Brit. Dial.
  1. a ravine formed in rock by the action of running water.


Pronunciation: (chīn), [key]
— n., v., chined, chin•ing.
  1. the backbone or spine, esp. of an animal.
  2. the whole or a piece of the backbone of an animal with adjoining parts, cut for cooking.
  3. a ridge or crest, as of land.
    1. an angular intersection of the sides and bottom of a vessel.
    2. a longitudinal member running behind this.
  1. (in butchering) to sever the backbone of.


Pronunciation: (chīn), [key]
— n.
  1. chime.


Pronunciation: (shē-nā'), [key]
— adj.
  1. noting or pertaining to a fabric having a variegated pattern produced by warp threads that have been dyed, printed, or painted before weaving.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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