The definition of chine is a backbone, spine or ridge.(noun)
An example of chine is a piece of chicken that contains the backbone.
See chine in Webster's New World College Dictionary
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
See chine in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French eschine
Origin: , of Germanic origin; see skei- in Indo-European roots.
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