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chine

1chine

noun \ˈchīn\

Definition of CHINE

1
:  backbone, spine; also :  a cut of meat including all or part of the backbone
2
:  the intersection of the bottom and the sides of a flat or V-bottomed boat

Examples of CHINE

  1. <uncovered the chine of some animal while digging in the backyard>

Origin of CHINE

Middle English, from Anglo-French eschine, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German scina shinbone, needle — more at shin
First Known Use: 14th century

2chine

verb
chinedchin·ing

Definition of CHINE

transitive verb
:  to cut through the backbone of (as in butchering)

First Known Use of CHINE

15th century

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