1 of 2


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


2 of 2


chined; chining

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
In fact, Azimut claims the Grande 36M can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 30 percent compared to boats of the same size with traditional chine hulls. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 30 Oct. 2023 Her linoleum-block and chine collé efforts are elegantly detailed and include such metaphorical images as a beehive, a raptor and a heart in the process of being repaired with needle and thread. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 8 Sep. 2023 Brenda Cain and Yadi Rodriquez share the nest chine restaurants in Greater Cleveland, according to Tripadvisor. Sean McDonnell, cleveland, 28 Nov. 2022 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

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Word History



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, in the meaning defined at sense 1


15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Chine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: backbone sense 1, spine
also : a cut of meat including the backbone or part of it and the surrounding flesh
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