- The definition of chine is a backbone, spine or ridge.
An example of chine is a piece of chicken that contains the backbone.
chine definition by Webster's New World
- the backbone; spine
- a cut of meat containing part of the backbone
- a ridge of rock
- the juncture of the bottom and either of the sides of a boat
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French eschine ; from Frankish an unverified form skina, small bone, shinbone: see shin
Origin: Middle English ; from Old English cine, fissure; akin to cinan, to burst open ; from Indo-European base an unverified form ĝei, an unverified form ĝi-, to germinate, bloom from source German keim, germ, bad
chine definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The backbone or spine, especially of an animal.b. A cut of meat containing part of the backbone.
- A ridge or crest.
- Nautical The line of intersection between the side and bottom of a flatbottom or V-bottom boat.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French eschine, of Germanic origin; see skei- in Indo-European roots.