Word of the Week 1-25-2019

chine

noun

[chahyn]


Definition

  • n. The top of a ridge.
  • n. The spine of an animal.
  • n. a sharp angle in the cross section of a hull
  • v. To cut through the backbone of; to cut into chine pieces.
  • v. To chamfer the ends of a stave and form the chine.
  • n. a steep-sided ravine leading from the top of a cliff down to the sea
[shee-ney]

adjective

noting or pertaining to a fabric having a variegated pattern produced by warp threads that have been dyed, printed, or painted before weaving.

Examples

When the boat is at rest, wakes from passing boats slap against the chines and makes a noise called chine gurgle. Maggie’s Farm

Zwear scarves are Deborah Zwetsch’s original art, handpainted on silk crepe de chine which is stretched on a frame. TREND HUNTER – The Latest Trends

(thus running out into the sea in steep promontories) occurs — what they would call a ‘chine‘ in the Isle of Wight; but instead of the soft south wind stealing up the woody ravine, as it does there, the eastern breeze comes piping shrill and clear along these northern chasms, keeping the trees that venture to grow on the sides down to the mere height of scrubby brushwood. Sylvia’s Lovers — Volume 1

The ribs in a Frenched rack of lamb are completely exposed; the blade and chine bones are removed. Easy Recipe for Roast Rack of Lamb with Red Wine Sauce (Αρνίσια Παϊδάκια με Σάλτσα Κόκκινου Κρασιού)

In addition to silk crepe de chine belted jackets with peak lapels, silk/cashmere knit halter tops, pleated skirts and dresses in silk crepe de chine and doublefaced silk georgette in muted colors, there was also a silk/wool bonded silk satin shirt paired with matching skirt and rubber-soled , double-strap sandals made with clear vinyl. Resort Wear from Calvin Klein, Jason Wu and Marc by Marc Jacobs

 

 


Origin

Middle English, from Old French eschine, of Germanic origin; see skei- in Indo-European roots.

or

From Middle English chyne, from Middle French eschine.

or

Middle English chin (“crack, fissure, chasm”), from Old English cine, cinu


Merriam-Webster.com

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