\ ˈchīn How to pronounce chine (audio) \

Definition of chine

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


chined; chining

Definition of chine (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Examples of chine in a Sentence

Noun uncovered the chine of some animal while digging in the backyard
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In fact, Azimut claims the 36 Metri produces 15 to 30 percent fewer carbon emissions than boats of the same size with traditional chine hulls. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 4 Aug. 2022 When the yacht is traveling between 15 knots and 22 knots, the hull can reportedly cut CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent compared to traditional hard-chine hulls while also reducing fuel consumption. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 14 July 2022 The vessel sports a second-generation Dual Mode hull that ensures stability even in tough seas while also reducing fuel consumption by 15 percent compared to a traditional hard-chine planing hull. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 31 Jan. 2022 The hull’s hard chine by naval architect, Andrew Lea of Norson Design is striking while the lightweight, low-drag aluminum hull with carbon fiber reinforced superstructure offers high top-speeds. Bill Springer, Forbes, 9 Nov. 2021 The use of dual vertical tails canted inward on the engine nacelles took advantage of the chine vortex in such a way that the directional stability improved as the angle of attack of the aircraft increased. Clarence L. Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 As for performance, Rex sports a significant hull chine and sharp bow for improved fuel efficiency and smoother sailing on rough seas. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 23 Aug. 2021 To account for the effect of the fuselage chine airflow, the inlets were pointed slightly down and in toward the fuselage. Clarence L. Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 Substantial efforts went into optimizing chine design and conical camber of the wing leading edge. Clarence L. Johnson, Popular Mechanics, 12 Aug. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'chine.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of chine


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chine


Middle English, from Anglo-French eschine, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German scina shinbone, needle — more at shin

Learn More About chine

Time Traveler for chine

Time Traveler

The first known use of chine was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near chine




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for chine

Last Updated

11 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Chine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!