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herringbone

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noun, often attributive her·ring·bone \ˈher-iŋ-ˌbōn, ˈhe-riŋ-\

Simple Definition of herringbone

  • : a pattern used on cloth that consists of rows of parallel lines that slant in opposite directions to form V shapes

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of herringbone

  1. 1 :  a pattern made up of rows of parallel lines which in any two adjacent rows slope in opposite directions

  2. 2 a :  a twilled fabric with a herringbone pattern; also :  a suit made of this fabric b :  a herringbone arrangement (as of materials or parts)

  3. 3 :  a method in skiing of ascending a slope by herringboning

Illustration of herringbone

1659

First Known Use of herringbone

1659


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herringbone

verb her·ring·bone

Definition of herringbone

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to produce a herringbone pattern on

  3. 2 :  to arrange in a herringbone pattern

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to produce a herringbone pattern

  6. 2 :  to ascend a slope by toeing out on skis and placing the weight on the inner side



1787

First Known Use of herringbone

1787

Rhymes with herringbone

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