The definition of chine is a backbone, spine or ridge.noun
An example of chine is a piece of chicken that contains the backbone.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- 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: ME < OFr eschine < Frank *skina, small bone, shinbone: see shin
Origin: ME < OE cine, fissure; akin to cinan, to burst open < IE base *ĝei, *ĝi-, to germinate, bloom > Ger keim, germ, bad
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- 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.