- The definition of chine is a backbone, spine or ridge.
An example of chine is a piece of chicken that contains the backbone.
- 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 of chineMiddle English ; from Old French eschine ; from Frankish an unverified form skina, small bone, shinbone: see shin
Origin of chineMiddle 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
- 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.
transitive verbchined chined, chin·ing, chines
Origin of chineMiddle English, from Old French eschine, of Germanic origin; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present chines, present participle chining, simple past and past participle chined)
- (Southern England) a steep-sided ravine leading from the top of a cliff down to the sea
Middle English chin (“crack, fissure, chasm”), from Old English cine, cinu. The Old English term is cognate to Old Saxon kena, and is related to the Old English verb cīnan ("to grow in size, crack, split, gape"), from Proto Germanic *kīnaną ("to sprout, germinate, split open"), from Proto-Indo-European *geie ("to split open, to sprout").