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Definition of the noun chine

What does chine mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: chines

  1. cut of meat or fish including at least part of the backbone
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic terms: cut / cut of meat = a piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
  2. backbone of an animal

Alternative definition of the noun chine


  1. The top of a ridge.
  2. The spine of an animal.
  3. [nautical] a sharp angle in the cross section of a hull
  4. [context: Southern England] a steep-sided ravine leading from the top of a cliff down to the sea

Specialised definition of the noun chine

Glossary of sports / water motorsport

the line where the side and bottom of a v-bottomed boat meet; in a three-point hydroplane, the inclined side of a sponson or the hull

Definition of the verb chine

What does chine mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: chined | chining | chines

  1. cut through the backbone of an animal
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic words: butcher / slaughter = kill (animals) usually for food consumption


  1. "Chine" is a musical album of Louis Sclavis.
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  2. "Chine" is a musical album of Chen Zhong.
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  1. Chine: A chine is a steep-sided river valley where the river flows to the sea through, typically, soft eroding coastal cliffs of sandstone or clays. The word chine originates from the Saxon "Cinan" meaning a gap or yawn. The word is in still use in central Southern England; in East Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, and the Isle of Wight to describe such topographical features. However, 'bunny' is also used to describe a chine in Hampshire, as noted below.
  2. Chine: A chine in boating refers to a sharp angle in the hull, as compared to the rounded bottoms of most traditional boat hulls. The term hard chine indicates an angle with little rounding, where a soft chine would be more rounded, but still involve the meeting of distinct planes. Chine log construction is a method of building hard chine boat hulls. Hard chines are common in plywood hulls, while soft chines are often found on fiberglass hulls.

Phrases with Chine

  1. to chine
  2. Genus Chine
  3. crepe de chine

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Chine

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Google previewNotes from Over Sea (1845)

Consisting of Observations Made in Europe, in the Years 1843 and 1844 by John Mitchell

* Chine is a local term for fissure. The Black-gang Chine is a huge deformity, descending from the top of the cliff to the sea. * Report of Commissioners on the sanatary ...

Google previewA Guide to the Watering Places; with Illustrations (1840)

by Alfred Henry Forrester

BLAck GANG CHINE is a vast and terrific opening, probably effected by some convulsion of the earth. On the shore is a rugged Precipice forty feet high ; and near this spot is a remarkable Echo. CULver CLIFFs is another object of curiosity; ...

Google previewAmerican Cloak and Suit Review (1914)

An Extremely Popular Style An attractive "throw" of pink or blue crepe de chine is an exteremely popular number with the customers of Stern ...

Google previewThe Two of Us (2009)

My Life with John Thaw by Sheila Hancock

Now the Chine is a riproaring amusement centre, but in 1933 it can't have been a very jolly place from which to greet the world. After a brief spell in Berkshire we landed up in a spit and sawdust pub called The Carpenter's Arms in King's Cross ...

Google previewThe Monthly magazine (1807)

by Monthly literary register

The Chine is a prominent ...

Google previewJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland (1836)

The kubab chine is an article of some value ; a picul has been sold for eighty Spanish dollars. It is well known that it finds a place in the British Pharmacopoeia. Indian leaf (the kayu-lawang-tree leaf of the Malays) is also found in the forests.

Google previewJournal of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain & Ireland (1836)

The kubab chine is an article of some value ; a picul has been sold for eighty Spanish dollars. It is well known that it finds a place in the British Pharmacopoeia. Indian leaf (the kayu-lawang-tree leaf of the Malays) is also found in the forests.

Google previewMicrosystem Technology and Microrobotics (1997)

by Sergej Fatikow, Ulrich Rembold

A microma- chine is a device which can generate or perform mechanical work without needing direct "on-board" control. E.g. a micromotor or valve is a microma - chine which can consist, however, of several components in order to be capable ...

Google previewNew International Encyclopedia (1916)

Much valuable information of this period is also found in Cordier, Histoire des relations de la Chine avec les puissances occiden- tales, vol. iii ( Paris, 1902). For details of earlier Catholic missions in China consult the Abbe1 Hue, ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Costume and Fashion (2013)

Historic and Modern by Mary Brooks Picken

de Chine (F. crape de sheen). Lustrous, finely crinkled, washable fabric; plain or printed, usually of silk. Imitations at one time made with silk warp and worsted or other filling. Used for dresses ...

Google previewThe Diner's Dictionary (2012)

Word Origins of Food and Drink by John Ayto

chine An animal's chine is its backbone: to a butcher and a ...

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Scrabble value of C3H4I1N1E1

The value of this 5-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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