(third-person singular simple present chines, present participle chining, simple past and past participle chined)
- To cut through the backbone of; to cut into chine pieces.
- To chamfer the ends of a stave and form the chine.
From Middle English chyne, from Middle French eschine.
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").